Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment

UCL was founded in 1826, and was known originally as the "London University". Many of the founders were followers of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham, whose auto-icon can today be viewed by members of the public in the South Cloisters at UCL.

Cruciform Building

The founders planned that the new university should admit those students who could benefit from a university education without regard to race, class or religion, and they wanted to broaden from its then rather narrow base the content of a university education. UCL was also the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men and to award degrees to women.

Today, UCL remains true to its founders’ pioneering vision by providing educational opportunities of the highest quality to all who can benefit from them, regardless of background.

The Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Office at UCL leads on the development and implementation of UCL’s UK undergraduate recruitment strategies, with particular emphasis on widening participation from students and young people from under-represented groups. We offer a range of activities for school and college students.

The main aims of our activities are to give students a greater insight into UCL’s degree programmes and student life at UCL. Please view a PDF version of our 2012/13 Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Activities Brochure to see our full range of activities and events.

The Widening Participation and UK Undergraduate Recruitment Office also includes the Transition Programme, which delivers activities to engage current UCL students, as well as a variety of projects to support aspiration and academic skills development for prospective students.

This includes a Universities Day on 26 June that will bring in over 100 year 12 students from various schools in London to visit UCL’s collections, participation in masterclasses and developing Extended Projects; Unilink supports academically gifted year 12 students in applying to top universities; and Aspire works to co-ordinate aspiration and academic development with a partner FE college.