Working with Universities

Helping Universities with Fair Access and Widening Participation

We are national experts enabling students with high academic potential gain access to a university that suits their ability and needs.  We can make a significant contribution towards helping a university reach its Access Agreement targets through:

  • Our Scholars Programme, a comprehensive four-year pathway of support for able students from less advantaged backgrounds.  Each year over 80% of Scholars gain a place at university or take a pre-university gap year.
  • Our Inspiring Excellence Programme, residential courses and online extension activities for post-16 students offering challenge and inspiration beyond that easily provided by the everyday school or college experience. Each year at least 95% of A-level grades achieved by our participants are A* to B.
  • Our Advisory Service, offering advice and guidance on running outreach activities and a guided self-assessment of all or part of a university’s widening participation strategy.
  • We were part of the HE STEM National Widening Participation Project, investigating ways in which universities could work more effectively to encourage young people from under-represented backgrounds to study science and mathematics at university. To discuss project outcomes please contact Moira Sheehan.

National recognition

Our work has been recognised nationally, including:

  • UCAS identifies our programmes as best practice and are included in the application form drop down box Preparation for HE
  • OFFA is supportive of our work and accepts university expenditure to support our activities as OFFA-countable on Access Agreements
  • University of Cambridge sponsor our Scholars Programme in Hastings & Bexhill
  • University of Bath sponsor our Scholars Programme in Swindon
  • University of East Anglia supports our Scholars Programme in Norfolk
  • Lancaster University supports our Scholars Programme in East Lancashire, launching January 2016
  • Other universities, for example UCL, incorporate some of our provision as part of their outreach programmes

We can make a difference

We have been working with universities for a long time. We were instrumental in supporting the launch of their outreach departments nationwide and hundreds of lecturers and administrative staff have benefited from our ‘Reaching Out with Outreach’ training.

If you would like to discuss how Villiers Park can support your access work please contact Richard Gould, our Chief Executive rg@villierspark.org.uk