University of Hertfordshire Widening Participation

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University of Hertfordshire Widening Participation

University of Hertfordshire Widening Participation

Outreach and Widening Participation

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The Outreach and Widening Participation department is very proud of its achievements in raising aspirations and attainment in school students across Hertfordshire.

Our work with schools across the county falls into four categories:

  • Schools which have been identified as having low progression to Higher Education. Typically, these schools have high numbers of students receiving free school meals and whose families have no history of attending university. Most of these schools received support under the Aimhigher scheme before it closed in 2011 and are now known as Widening Participation Schools.
  • Schools which have entered into a partnership or cooperative agreement with the University.
  • Schools which the University has been involved in establishing, such as the Hatfield Community Free School and the Elstree University Technical College.
  • Primary schools.

For all of our outreach work, priority is given to those who have been in care. We also support care leavers during their time at the University. The support the different schools receive varies according to their particular needs.

Please see the Widening Participation Schools activities page for an overview of the standard activities on offer. We are also happy to develop bespoke talks and workshops when requested.

More information

Please contact:
Emma Greening
tel +44 (0)1707 289391

Widening Participation Schools activities

Please see below show an overview of the standard activities on offer. We are also able to deliver bespoke talks and workshops if you have a particular requirement.


Title Format Duration Target audience
Parents’ talks These talks can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Topics that can be covered include: student finance, course choice and admissions. 60 minutes parents and guardians

Year 11 – Year 13

Title Format Duration Target audience
Study skills This session can be adapted for a variety of year groups and offers hints and tips to help develop revision and essay writing skills. Topics covered include: time management, tips for effective learning and structuring study and will encourage students to make their independent learning more varied and enjoyable. 60 minutes Adapted for year groups 9 – 13 shortly before exams
Goal setting Motivational workshop which encourages students to make realistic plans for achieving their goals and to develop strategies for overcoming barriers. This session also highlights the skills necessary for particular roles and careers. 60 minutes Years 9 -11
Why go to university? This talk covers the benefits of university including the positive impact that having a degree can have on job prospects an earnings over a lifetime. It also highlights opportunities such as work placements and study abroad programmes. 40 minutes Year 9 – all year or Year 12 – Spring term (talk is adapted to meet the needs of each year group)

Year 12 only

Title Format Duration Target audience
Choosing your university or course This talk supports students to make informed decision when choosing their course from the 43,000 available at UK universities. It encourages them to consider career prospects, course content and fee levels. 60 minutes Year 12 – Spring/Summer term
Student shadowing Opportunity to shadow a university student on campus and gain an insight into university life and their chosen subject. School students are matched with University of Hertfordshire students studying a relevant course full day Year 12 – Spring term
UCAS applications and personal statements This presentation introduces students to the UCAS system and advises on strategies for writing an effective personal statement 60 minutes Year 12 – Summer term

Year 13 only

Title Format Duration Target audience
Student Finance Presentation to dispel myths and provide information about the student finance system. Provides information on loans, bursaries and the repayment system. 40 minutes Year 13 (and their parents) – Spring term
Interview skills Interactive workshop which gives students and overview of what to expect in university interviews and offers strategies and tips for successful interviews. 60 minutes Year 13 – Spring term
Learning skills for university Talk  which covers general study skills and outlines some of the ways which  learning changes in higher education. Research techniques and journal  searches are covered. 60 minutes Year 13 – Spring/Summer term
Student life Talk  from student ambassadors, who are current University of Hertfordshire  students, covering living independently, dealing with the transition to  university and the social aspects of student living. 30 minutes Year 13 – Summer term
Independent living Interactive  workshop to raise awareness of the skills students need when living  independently. Covers practical skills such as budgeting and cooking as  well as dealing with common fears and misconceptions that students have  before the transition to university 60 minutes Year 13 – Summer term