Queen’s University Belfast Widening Participation Unit

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Queen’s University Belfast Widening Participation Unit

Widening Participation

Queen’s has a long tradition of attracting students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring that those who are “most able but least likely” are given the opportunity to progress to Higher Education.

The University has established a Widening Participation Unit with the purpose of raising the aspirations of those from backgrounds where attendance at University is not usual. The Widening Participation Unit actively works with schools, both secondary and primary, across Northern Ireland to reach out to pupils from low participation backgrounds.

Its Queen’s Academy programme gives 2000 pupils from non-selecting secondary schools the opportunity to come to Queen’s to take part in a wide range of ‘taster’ events.

The Queen’s Junior Academy programme aims to raise awareness and aspirations amongst those who are the “most able but least likely” to continue to Higher Education. We deliver a range of workshops, both school and campus based, to selected partner schools across Northern Ireland.

The Junior Academy consists of three programmes:

Professor Fluffy Programme (Key Stage 2)

Junior Academy programme (Years 9 – 12)

Junior Academy Sports Programme (Year 8 – 10)


To read about our March 2017 GCSE English Language Master Class in collaboration with Saint Mary’s University College Belfast please click here.

For more information about any of our programmes please email wpu@qub.ac.uk or phone 9097 5020  

Widening Participation
Student Guidance Centre
91a University Road

Further Information
028 9097 5020
Email: wpu@qub.ac.uk