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Widening Participation

We have been transforming lives since 1828 and have always been committed to access and widening participation.

To this day we pride ourselves on being an open and accessible institution for people from all backgrounds. We believe strongly in the power of higher education to promote social mobility and this is reflected in our extensive widening participation activities and student support services.

Key statistics and data

For more details of how the University promotes and supports access, please see our most recent Access and Participation plans:

You can also download our full transparency tables, and view our HEAT privacy notice.

Transparency Return 2019
Applications, Offers, Acceptances And Registrations: 2018-19 Entrants

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
UKPRN: 10007141

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

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Mode Of Study

Characteristic

Characteristic split

Number of applications

Percentage of applications that received an offer

Percentage of applications that accepted an offer

Percentage of applications that led to a registration

Full Time

Ethnicity

BAME

5440

72.2%

26.5%

24.0%

Full Time

Ethnicity

White

13290

77.5%

27.6%

25.3%

Full Time

EIMD quintile

1 and 2

10160

72.7%

27.7%

24.5%

Full Time

EIMD quintile

3 to 5

8500

78.4%

26.9%

24.9%

Full Time

Gender

Female

11640

72.6%

27.5%

25.1%

Full Time

Gender

Male

8000

79.3%

26.6%

23.6%

Full Time

Gender

Other

N

N

N

N

Part Time

Ethnicity

BAME

80

70%

60%

48%

Part Time

Ethnicity

White

690

93%

88%

57%

Part Time

EIMD quintile

1 and 2

290

88%

81%

52%

Part Time

EIMD quintile

3 to 5

490

93%

87%

56%

Part Time

Gender

Female

470

92%

87%

62%

Part Time

Gender

Male

320

90%

80%

43%

Part Time

Gender

Other

N

N

N

N

Apprenticeships

Ethnicity

BAME

N

N

N

N

Apprenticeships

Ethnicity

White

330

96%

94%

85%

Apprenticeships

EIMD quintile

1 and 2

170

95%

90%

83%

Apprenticeships

EIMD quintile

3 to 5

180

95%

90%

79%

Apprenticeships

Gender

Female

250

95%

92%

85%

Apprenticeships

Gender

Male

120

94%

88%

72%

Apprenticeships

Gender

Other

N

N

N

N

Key

N/A - Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study
N - 24 or fewer students in this population
DP - Data suppressed for data protection reasons

TRANSPARENCY RETURN 2019
ATTAINMENT: 2017-18 QUALIFIERS

Provider: University of Central Lancashire
UKPRN: 10007141

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

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Characteristic

Characteristic split

Percentage

Ethnicity

BAME

62%

Ethnicity

White

74%

EIMD Quintile

1 and 2

67.4%

EIMD Quintile

3 to 5

75.3%

Gender

Female

73.4%

Gender

Male

67.9%

Gender

Other

N

Key

N/A - Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study
N - 24 or fewer students in this population
DP - Data suppressed for data protection reasons

We are committed to closing the gaps in access to study and in rates of student success and progression. We have established an ambitious programme of work through our Access & Participation Plan.

The information published on this page shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate.
  • Their ethnicity.
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Access and social inclusion

We work with young people from specific groups that are under-represented in higher education. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to study regardless of background. We aim to enable this and address the imbalance in higher education participation so that we can ensure the University is fully inclusive institution that promotes social mobility.

We are keen to work with schools, charities and third sector organisations working with people and groups under-represented in HE. Under-represented groups we work with include (but are not limited to):

  • Those with experience of being looked after/in care.
  • Young people with caring responsibilities.
  • Those with disabilities.
  • Particular ethnicities including (but not limited to) gypsy, Roma and traveller, white males from low-socio economic backgrounds and young people from black, Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Find out more

If you would like more information about the activities we offer and how to engage with our projects, please contact our School Uni Network (SUN): sun@uclan.ac.uk.

Schools and colleges

As part of our commitment to access and widening participation, we work in partnership with a network of primary and secondary schools delivering a programme of aspiration raising activities. These include on campus visits, workshops, group mentoring programmes, residential activities and revision sessions.

We work with schools who have a high proportion of young people who are from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education (HE). We base this on factors such as:

  • Geographic location – young people who live neighbourhoods with high levels of deprivation and/or low-HE participation.
  • Low household income – assessed through free school meal/pupil premium eligibility.
  • Those who are first in their immediate family to attend university.

If you are a school or organisation that works with young people and you would like more information about the activity that we run through our access and widening participation programmes, please contact us on sun@uclan.ac.uk.

For further details, plus resources and a full list of activities, please see our Schools and Colleges pages.