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Widening Access & Inclusion

Strath Union has been leading the way in developing projects, campaigns, and student societies to better support WA students during their time at Strathclyde.

How can we support you?

In January 2020, we hired our first Access and Participation Coordinator to oversee the development and delivery of this work. To date we have achieved great success, including being nominated for two awards. We are also the first SU to sign Standalone's Manifesto for Change: an SU level pledge to support estranged students.

Manifesto for Change

What is Widening Access?

Widening Access is an umbrella term which encapsulates all individuals who either haven’t historically entered HE in large numbers, or who would face additional barriers to HE access in comparison to their more affluent peers. These student groups include, but are not limited to;

  • Mature

  • Care Experienced

  • Estranged

  • First Generation**

  • Student Carers

  • Student Parents*

  • Refugee and Asylum seeker students**

  • GTRSB students**

*whilst being a parent isn’t traditionally regarded as a WA group, in light of the unique challenges the pandemic posed to student parents, we have created a page with useful resources. 

**these are groups we are looking to develop our support with. If you identify as one of these groups and would like to offer an idea, or be involved in a support project, please do get in touch by emailing

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