WAP strategy, Governance and Civic Contribution
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.
Ulster University made a substantial contribution to widening participation in higher education and social mobility for Northern Ireland
Ulster makes a major contribution to Northern Ireland WAP statistics and is a large University by UK measures. It is the largest on the island of Ireland (2016/17).
It is the largest recruiter of UG students on the island of Ireland (19,160) and has the largest share of NI student enrolments (45%, 2016/17).
It has the largest admission of first degree students in NI (5,860; 50%, 2016/17)
It has the largest admission of young FT students in NI (3,630; 50%, 2016/17)
It has the largest number of PT enrolments in NI (6,835; 41%, 2016/17)
It has the largest admission of PG students in NI (5,480; 50%, 2016/17)
It is the largest recruiter of mature students in NI (4,830; 52%, 2016/17)
It has close to equitable profile of student across all Quintiles of deprivation.