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Access and Participation Plan

Access and Participation Plan

Access and Participation Plan

Buckinghamshire New University’s 2020-24 Access and Participation Plan has been approved by the Director for Fair Access and Participation and applies to students starting at the University from the 2020-21 academic year until the 2024-25 academic year.

Our Access & Participation Plan includes our published fees and these are updated annually. Our fees for 2021-22 (approved by the OfS in February 2021) can be found in this document.

Our 2019-20 Access & Participation Plan applies to students who started at Bucks in that academic year.

Background Information

Access and Participation Plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education. These Plans are regulated by the Office for Students (OfS) which has a statutory duty to promote equality of access to, and participation in, higher education in England.

Underrepresented groups include: students from areas of lower higher education participation, lower household income and/or lower socioeconomic status groups; some black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students; mature students; disabled students; care leavers; carers; people estranged from their families; people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; refugees; and children of military families.

It includes our ambitions to improve equality of opportunity for all students to access, succeed in and progress from higher education, what we plan to do to achieve that ambition, the targets we have set, and the investment we will make to deliver the plan.

We are proud to attract a highly diverse student intake and are significantly above the sector average in our numbers of mature and Black, Asian and minority ethnic students. The diversity in our student body reflects our long-standing and highly successful work to reach out to underrepresented groups in higher education; to provide an environment and form of education that meets their needs; and to support them into high levels of graduate employment. Building on our success, and consistent with our mission, we are developing our widening participation work still further in order to pioneer routes into higher education for the hardest-to-reach communities.

Our Objectives

Accessing Higher Education:

  • Increase the rates of access for students from the areas of lowest higher education participation.
  • Increase in the proportion of students declaring a disability.
  • Increase in the number of students declaring care-leaver status.
  • Adopt a new and ambitious focus on groups where equality may be harder to achieve (with a focus on young carers, children from military families, and students identifying as being from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
  • Maintain high levels of equality in relation to access for all groups.

Succeeding in Higher Education:

  • Close the small attainment gap between BAME and White students; between students from the most deprived and least deprived areas; and between male and female students. (Attainment is measured in terms of those who achieve a 1st or 2.1 degree award vs other classification).
  • Nurture an academic community to which students feel they belong to ensure strong retention for all learners.

Successful employment after Graduation:

  • Improve the rates of highly skilled employment for students from the areas of lowest participation; young students; and for BAME students.
  • Increase the opportunities for all students to enter highly skilled employment or further study.