University of Brighton Widening Participation

University of Brighton Widening Participation

The University of Brighton’s Widening Participation Programme is called Compact Plus.  Students from post-16 Compact partner sixth forms and colleges who meet the criteria are welcome to apply.  For more information and a link to the application form, please email

We work with students from a wide range of backgrounds to help support them into university, throughout their studies and into their careers.

We believe everyone should have an equal and fair chance to study in higher education and that it is important to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience to help them succeed.

The Compact Plus Programme are looking to work with students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Looked After Children and Young Carers.
  • Students in receipt of Pupil Premium/Free School Meals/16-19 Bursary.
  • Disabled students (includes learning disabilities).
  • Those who are the first in their family to consider university.
  • Those who live in an area with low progression to university.

What does the Compact Plus programme include?

The Compact Plus programme is designed to support students through activities, advice and impartial guidance, from primary school age through to graduation and beyond. It includes:

  • Taster lectures and workshops
  • Summer and Saturday schools
  • Opportunities to shadow our students
  • One-to-one support with writing personal statements
  • Help in preparing for interviews

We offer a bursary to Compact Plus students who come to study at the University of Brighton.

Find out about our summer schools

Find out about Compact events

Primary school activities

We offer a number of activities to ensure all students are informed about university and to encourage participation from under-represented groups, including:

  • Mentoring
  • Professor C Gull – a series of interactive and fun activities to introduce university to younger students

Additional activities are available if you are one of the 15 primary schools in Sussex that are part of the University of Brighton Compact.

Secondary school, sixth form and college activities

We can help you to organise events either for your students or your staff.

Besides that, we offer general advice, visits and updates on new courses and admissions policies for teachers and careers advisers, as well as providing in-service training for staff on the UCAS process.

If your school or college is a part of the University of Brighton Compact you will be able to take advantage of a range of activities and events aimed at supporting students’ transition from school into higher education.

Primary school work

Who do we work with?

We work with:

  • schools and colleges that are part of our Compact partnership
  • a wide range of students from primary school to year 13 who attend one of our Compact partner schools and are eligible for the programme
  • mature students returning to college to study on an Access to Higher Education course
  • parents and carers of any these students.

Students can be:

  • interested in any subject at school
  • undertaking or planning to undertake A-levels, BTECs or other qualifications in year 12 onwards
  • unsure about university
  • interested in any university course or university.