About Us

The East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership was formed following the government announcement that Aimhigher funding was to cease in July 2011. The partnership comprise of 37 members (ten full HEI partners; 3 half HEI partners; 4 NCOPs; and 20 CHE providers) located across the Midlands who have committed to this collaboration until December 2018.  A full list of partners can be viewed here.


The services offered by the partnership fall under four main fields:

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For all partners we produce school profiles which identify priority outreach schools based on a variety of agreed socio-economic and educational criteria of the student population. We also work with local authorities to identify individual target learners, using socio-economic and ‘potential’ data and provide this information to schools to assist them in the WP targeting process.

We monitor HEIs outreach programmes using a bespoke M&E database, providing periodical reports containing analyses of the number, type and intensity of outreach activities. We also monitor the effectiveness of our targeting procedures via the collection of participant data. Here we report on the number of participants taking part in activities and disaggregate by a variety of factors such as deprivation indices, social class, ethnicity, disability and gender.

Each partner is entitled to one specific intervention evaluation report per year which can include the undertaking of focus groups with young people taking part in outreach activities and interviews with teaching professionals and other key stakeholders. It is also likely to include the design and analysis of bespoke participant questionnaires.

We are also responsible for updating and monitoring data sharing agreements and the provision of advice and guidance on data protection issues, as well as providing on-going information, advice and guidance on matters associated with evidence and research.


Our Partners

Bishop Grosseteste University
Here at Bishop Grosseteste University we work closely in partnerships with schools, colleges and careers advisors in order to offer advice and support to all potential students considering Higher Education. We believe in supporting them through the decisions they make about their future education and career. To find out more please visit our website here

De Montfort University
Widening participation activity attempts to increase the amount of students from underrepresented groups in to higher education. De Montfort University (DMU) has a long record in supporting the widening participation agenda and has significant experience in meeting the needs of underrepresented groups both pre-application and post entry. At the centre of DMU’s engagement strategy is our award-winning Square Mile programme. Launched in 2011, Square Mile uses DMU’s academic expertise and a network of student volunteers to offer potentially life-changing services in the Leicester community. To find out more please visit our website here

Harper Adams
Our job is to nurture not only the potential of our current students but pupils of all ages, who will be the engineers, scientists, agriculturalists and entrepreneurs of the future. We are well known for our outstanding agriculture degrees, but did you know we offer many more subjects including zoology, veterinary nursing and physiotherapy, and food science, technology and innovation. We also specialise in land and property management, the countryside and environment, geography, and business. Subjects to inspire your pupils. Subjects that can lead to exciting jobs. The Schools and Colleges Outreach Team works closely with students, teachers and careers advisors to inspire and encourage youngsters to explore higher education and the rewarding careers it can lead to. To find out more please visit our website here

Keele University
Through our work we aim to raise aspirations and awareness of the opportunities that higher education can offer and provide an exciting programme of outreach activities. To find out more please visit our website here

Loughborough University
The School and College Liasion team works with a range of groups and organisations both within and outside the University. We are here to help explain the benefits of a degree as well as provide information and advice about university. We try to do this in an interesting, fun and fairly informal way, and are involved in a range of events and initiatives for students in Year 8 to 13. This includes everything from the large events such as the University Open Days to subject-focussed masterclasses and student mentoring. To find out more please visit our website here

Nottingham Trent University
We develop and coordinate a wide range of programmes with schools, colleges and community organisations as part of NTU’s widening participation and community outreach agenda. Our activities are delivered externally in schools and colleges, as well as on our three campuses. To find out more please visit our website here

The University of Nottingham
Widening participation aims to broaden the range of students who attend university so that they are representative of the home population. There are 2 arms to the University of Nottingham’s widening participation programme: our outreach work aims to raise aspirations, attainment and progression to university and the University of Nottingham; and our internal ‘inreach’ work aims to support entry and retention. To find out more please visit our website here

University of Derby
We provide a link between the University and our Progression partners across the Midlands. We offer a range of activities, presentations and workshops either in your school or college or here at the University of Derby. These activities help students get an accurate insight into higher education so that they can make an informed decision about their future. To find out more please visit our website here

University of Leicester
The University of Leicester has a long history of encouraging able students of all ages and from every kind of background to take part in Higher Education. We aim to work with schools and colleges to provide the best possible support for students; from helping to raise aspirations at an early stage, to providing advice and guidance on UCAS applications and student finance. To find out more please visit our website here

University of Lincoln
The Schools & Colleges Liaison Team are here to help you support your students and their parents by offering relevant information, advice and guidance on Higher Education, the Lincoln experience and in general. To find out more please visit our website here

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