Access and Widening Participation


Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2020-21

An overview of UCL's access and widening participation activity for 2020-21 including: who we engaged with, the effectiveness of our programmes and higher education destinations of past participants.


  1. A breakdown of demographic information for young people who we engaged with through our access and widening participation programmes in the 2020-21 academic year
  2. Analysis of evaluation survey data to understand the effectiveness of our programmes
  3. Data on the higher education destinations of young people who have participated on our programmes in the past

Key findings

  • Demographic data: we delivered 78 programmes and engaged with 4132 participants in the 2020-21 academic year. Approximately 70% of participants were on a Post-16 programme and 30% were on a Pre-16 programme
  • Evaluation Surveys: the increase (from baseline to post-activity) in participants providing a Very Confident or Fairly Confident rating for specific elements of the programme they attended were: 26% increase for “Managing workload at university” and “Living in university halls in London”; 20% increase for “Researching university course options”; 19% increase for “Career options available for your chosen degree programme”; 13% increase for “Selecting the right university course for you”;  and 12% increase for “Your subject knowledge of your chosen degree programme”.
  • University Progression: Data obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that overall, 87% of past participants had entered Higher Education within two years of turning 18

Key words

Evaluation, Progression to HE, Programme Delivery

Other Projects

  1. Delivery mode analysis for in-person, online and hybrid models
  2. Evaluation of attainment raising programmes