Access and Widening Participation


Research and evaluation

The work of the UCL Access and Widening Participation team is underpinned by evidence to ensure that activity, practice and policy are impactful and fit for purpose. We have staff dedicated to research, policy and evaluation, with several key aims in relation to these areas of our work:

  • Evaluation and research based practice, to update and maintain appropriate activity and practice which demonstrates impact
  • Carrying out research and evaluation to develop an institutionally specific evidence base
  • Contributing to the national agenda by producing and funding original research


Our research team is responsible for developing and undertaking research relevant to objectives of the access and participation plan, addressing issues specific to UCL, while taking opportunities to contribute to the national agenda.

Activities include:  

Evaluation of the UCL bursary

During the 2017/18 academic year, we conducted research into the impact of the UCL bursary, guided by toolkits from the Office for Students. This included statistical analysis of the outcomes of bursary-holders, a survey to all bursary-holders, and interviews with students who had received a bursary. A broader levelling effect in student experience was evident in the data. Emerging themes included that the bursary assisted with living costs, and that for some, it encouraged increased engagement in extra-curricular activities, societies and international experiences.