WON Partners

Bath Spa University


Since its establishment in 1998, Bath Spa University's Widening Participation Office has worked to develop an extensive and successful outreach programme that supports the progression of people from backgrounds who are currently under-represented in higher education. The university sector as a whole still has fewer students from families without a background of higher education, with lower incomes or who live in areas where participation in higher education is relatively low, students holding vocational qualifications, with disabilities or additional learning needs or from a care background. Young people from these groups with the potential to benefit from higher education are those who we want to support through our Be Inspired! Outreach Programme.

The Be Inspired! programme is highly targeted and based around the principles of a learner-centred progression framework model that raises awareness and aspiration to higher education, supports educational attainment and encourages progression to higher education. Be Inspired! aims to complement and enhance school and college programmes that support learner progression to higher education by offering a range of awareness, aspiration and attainment raising activities that are suitable for learners from Year 5 to Year 13 and beyond. We ensure that all activities are age-appropriate, interactive and provide the opportunity to ask questions to staff and current students. Be Inspired! activities are fully supported by our team of Student Ambassadors and Tutors. These are current Bath Spa University students who have been rigorously selected, appropriately trained and DBS checked for working with young people.