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Welcome to our Widening Participation Portal, where you can find a variety of information relating to the widening participation (WP) and outreach work of the collegiate University.

  • Behind the Headlines – the context and background to stories making news headlines
  • Sector News – external reports, announcements, and policies relating to and affecting higher education
  • Responses from Cambridge – on occasion, it’s appropriate for us to respond to issues having an impact on the higher education sector

You can also find information about events and WP initiatives, as well as application statistics on our Undergraduate Study website.


Widening Participation in Higher Education

(Published: July 2020)

The impact of interventions for widening access to higher education

By David Robinson (Director, Post-16 and Skills) and Viola Salvestrini (Senior Researcher), Education Policy Institute

(Published: January 2020)

Using Free School Meals data in education research: potential and pitfalls

By Karina Berzins, Research Fellow, Continuum, University of East London

(Published: Feb 2019)

Contextual admissions: Promoting fairness and rethinking merit

(Published: May 2019)

Using contextualised admissions to widen access to higher education: a guide to the evidence base 

Vikki Boliver, Stephen Gorard and Nadia Siddiqui

Escape of the wealthy: The unfairness of the English student finance system

Dr Muhammad Rakib Ehsan, David Kingman.

(Published: January 2019)

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