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Ulster University aspires to ‘be a leader in the social, economic and cultural development of Northern Ireland’ and seeks to achieve a ‘40% participation rate by students from less affluent family backgrounds’ by 2021.

The annual Widening Access and Participation (WAP) Plan helps drive policy and practice and defines how Ulster will achieve the mission-defining ‘civic contribution’ strand of the University’s Five and Fifty Strategic Plan.

Widening Access and participation is embedded within a number of strategies across the University.


Governance of WAP at the University comes under the remit of the Access, Digital and Distributed Learning (ADDL) directorate and the Fair Access, Participation and Student Success Sub-Committee.

Together these bodies ensure that WAP at the University is centrally planned, monitored, evaluated and institutionally embedded.