Widening Participation Strategy Development

Empowering Education, Enhancing Accessibility

At illuminare Education, we believe in the transformative power of education and are committed to making it accessible to all. One of our cornerstone services is the development of a comprehensive widening participation strategy, aligned with the Office for Students (OfS) risk register for accessibility.

Our tailored approach ensures that educational institutions can effectively reach and support underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, fostering a more inclusive learning environment.

Our approach

1 Comprehensive Needs Assessment

  • Institutional Audit: We begin with a thorough audit of your institution’s current accessibility and participation levels. This includes analysing data on student demographics, retention rates, and success metrics.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: We engage with students, faculty, and community stakeholders to understand their perspectives and identify barriers to participation.

2 Strategic Alignment with OfS Requirements

  • Risk Register Alignment: We ensure that your widening participation strategy aligns with the OfS risk register, addressing key areas such as access, success, and progression for underrepresented groups.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Our strategies are designed to meet regulatory requirements, helping you maintain compliance and avoid potential sanctions.

3 Custom Strategy Development

  • Targeted Interventions: We develop bespoke interventions tailored to your institution’s unique context. These may include outreach programmes, financial support initiatives, mentoring schemes, and academic support services.
  • Actionable Roadmap: Our strategies include a clear, actionable roadmap with short-term and long-term goals, ensuring measurable progress and continuous improvement.

4 Implementation Support

  • Capacity Building: We provide training and resources to build the capacity of your staff, ensuring they are equipped to implement and sustain widening participation initiatives.
  • Ongoing Support: Our team offers ongoing support and consultancy, helping you adapt and refine your strategy as needed.

5 Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Impact Assessment: We implement robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track the effectiveness of your widening participation initiatives. This includes regular reporting and feedback mechanisms.
  • Continuous Improvement: Based on evaluation findings, we help you adjust your strategy to enhance its impact and ensure sustained success.

The Value We Add

Enhanced Inclusivity

  • Broadened Access: By breaking down barriers to education, we help you attract a diverse student body, enriching the learning environment for all.
  • Improved Outcomes: Our strategies aim to improve retention, success, and progression rates for underrepresented students, contributing to better overall institutional performance.

Regulatory Assurance

  • Compliance and Funding: Aligning with OfS requirements not only ensures regulatory compliance but also positions your institution to secure funding and support from governmental and non-governmental sources.

Reputation and Engagement

  • Community Trust: Demonstrating a commitment to widening participation builds trust and reputation within the community and among potential students.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders enhances community relations and fosters a supportive, inclusive institutional culture.

Sustainable Growth

  • Strategic Advantage: A robust widening participation strategy can differentiate your institution, attracting students and staff who value diversity and inclusion.
  • Long-term Benefits: Investing in widening participation today lays the foundation for sustainable growth and success in the future.

Partner with illuminare Education

At illuminare Education, we are dedicated to helping you create an inclusive and accessible educational environment. Our expert team brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in widening participation. Partner with us to develop a strategy that not only meets regulatory requirements but also transforms lives and communities through education.


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Ready to transform your educational institution? Contact illuminare Education today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your goals.

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