The University of Sheffield has a long-standing commitment to widening participation and fair access, not only to our programmes but also to higher education in general.
Sheffield University Management School has undertaken a number of widening participation objectives and is in the process of expanding the programme. Dr Peter Rodgers has visited a number of educational institutions across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, also lecturing as part of the Social Science Summer School and Discover US, building and nurturing our links with schools and colleges and encouraging students to consider the University of Sheffield as part of their future career plans.
Dr Rodgers, who took on this key role in 2012, said: “At Sheffield University Management School we are committed to engaging in a range of widening participation and outreach activities with schools, colleges and sixth forms across the Sheffield City Region. We always look to engage students in different types of activities to raise aspirations, showing both students and teachers what we do and how we do it!”
Widening participation and access
In 2013 the University of Sheffield joined a major national scheme to help under-represented groups get into top universities. Realising Opportunities, led by Newcastle University, is an award-winning collaboration of leading universities promoting fair access to higher education and encouraging social mobility.
Realising Opportunities was established in 2009, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and since August 2012 has been fully-funded by the partner universities. By working together the group aims to raise awareness and understanding of research intensive universities and encourage academically able young people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to increase their aspirations.
As part of the scheme, year 12 and 13 students access events, activities and support specifically designed to increase their likelihood of applying to and succeeding at a research intensive university.
The programme has a strong academic component and is recognised by most participating universities as counting towards UCAS points. Students attend a National Student Conference where they take a tailored programme of workshops, such as student finance and study skills, to suit their needs. Students can take part in a range of events such as subject taster days, master classes and summer schools available at all partner universities. Throughout the programme the students receive the support of an undergraduate e-mentor who provides ongoing information about Realising Opportunities and higher education.
For more information on the university-wide endeavours towards widening participation and fair access, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/lets/strategy/wp