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UCL Widening Participation

The UCL Widening Participation Office works with schools, colleges, young people and prospective students to offer information, advice and guidance about higher education, and to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at university. UCL students who are involved in WP activities receive appropriate training and gain experience of working with young people. Getting involved with WP projects helps to develop:

  • good organisational skills;
  • good communication skills - both listening and speaking;
  • problem solving abilities;
  • team working skills;
  • the ability to work with different audiences - children, young people, teachers, parents;
  • patience;
  • a positive approach;
  • the ability to be open-minded and flexible

Opportunities include:

 Activity  Description

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors offer a student's point of view to young people and prospective students, sharing their experiences of university life. Activities include giving presentations facilitating small groups, leading workshops, giving campus tours and representing UCL at higher education fairs.

Halls Ambassadors

Ambassadors that live in UCL residences near the main Bloomsbury campus are also offered the opportunity to be Halls Ambassadors. This involves showing their room to prospective students and other visitors on tours of the residence.

Language Ambassadors

Language Ambassadors visit schools across London to promote language learning, give presentations, assist with workshops and help out on summer schools. The Language Ambassador Scheme is run by the Routes into Languages consortium.

Programme mentors

The WP Office runs a number of long-term programmes. Mentors support a small group of students throughout the academic year. You could work on:

Transition Mentors

Transition Mentors are second year (and above) students who provide help and advice to first year students during their first term at UCL. A mentor meets their group of first year students once a week, to discuss issues and concerns, and to support them to settle into the department.

Taster Presenters

Taster Presenters are postgraduate students who prepare interactive academic taster sessions in their subject area. Working as a Taster Presenter is an excellent way to develop teaching skills, to practice communicating your research, and to inspire young people to study your subject in the future.



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