Widening Participation & Outreach

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We support students from all backgrounds to join our creative community.

Our Widening Participation & Outreach team supports students from all backgrounds to develop their creativity, access higher education and have the courage to pursue their potential.

Who we support

Our widening access initiatives are designed to support underrepresented students who may face barriers when accessing higher education.

This could include individuals who identify under one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Those who receive/have received Free School Meals or whose household income is below £25,000 
  • Those from areas with low higher education progression 
  • Ethnically diverse students
  • Care Leavers or Care Experienced individuals 
  • Those whose parents did not go to university 
  • Mature students 
  • Disabled students 
  • Carers 
  • Those who have one or more parents serving in the Armed Forces 

How we support

We support individuals in two main ways: directly or through their schools and colleges. You can explore the individual support we offer, as well as how we equip teachers and advisors, below.

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The Compass

Individual support

What we offer

Our Enhanced Applicant Support Programme aims to remove some of the barriers that underrepresented students may face when applying to university.

All applicants are assessed based on our eligibility criteria (see who we support), and are then offered a support package based on their needs. Support could include personal statement advice, portfolio feedback, interview adjustments, mentoring and/or financial bursaries. 

Find out more

Our Saturday Club programmes give young people aged 14-15 across Cornwall the opportunity to study subjects that they love for free at their local university.

We offer clubs in Art & Design, Fashion & Business and Film & Media, delivered every Saturday during term time in our industry-standard facilities. 

Find out more about our National Saturday Clubs


Working in collaboration with Brightside Mentoring, we connect young people studying at our partner schools and colleges with online mentoring support and advice, to help them make confident and informed decisions about their futures. 

“[My mentor] has been really, really helpful, I now know which universities I’d rather focus on and the courses that can help me get the contacts, experience and opportunities needed for my future. Thank you so, so much!”

– Creative Futures Mentoring Programme participant 

Every year, our outreach team runs an exciting creative competition designed to celebrate and showcase young people’s creativity. Entrants will be invited to an exhibition of entries and could be in with the chance to win some incredible prizes.

If you want to hear about our next Creative Competition, let us know via email.

Email us about our Creative Competitions

Falmouth University is a funding partner of Careerpilot, a website developed to support young people aged 13-19 to access impartial information and support about progression routes. Careerpilot is free for all schools and colleges in the South West region, as well as in some parts of the South East.

Go to Careerpilot's website

Alongside Careerpilot, Lifepilot is a website resource aimed at supporting adults who are progressing to higher level study. 

Go to Lifepilot's website

The Falmouth University Travel Fund is designed to support individuals facing financial hardship with visiting the University. 

If you're a UK resident and meet our eligibility criteria, we can assist you with the cost of travel to the following events: 

  • Open Days 
  • Applicant Days 
  • On-campus Interviews 

Find out how to make a claim

Free online advice and guidance sessions

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Students chatting in Woodlane Campus gardens

Fri 16 Aug 2024

12:00 - 13:00

Undergraduate Online Application Support Event


Join our Course Advisors to discover how studying an online undergraduate degree can fit with your p...

Undergraduate Online Application Support Event

Useful resources

From personal statement advice to a parents and carers guide, here are all our best resources for applying to university.

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Personal statement page

Personal Statement Guide

How do you write a personal statement and what should you include? Read our advice.

Personal Statement Guide
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Preparing for Your Interview

What's an interview like and how can you prepare? Read our advice and tips and search for course inf...

Preparing for Your Interview
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Portfolio Advice

What is a university portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.

Portfolio Advice
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UG16 PG63 Fashion Marketing Students and Computer

Apply for Undergraduate Courses

Join our undergraduate community. Find out key dates and get application information and advice...

Apply for Undergraduate Courses
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Parents & Carers Guide to University

Get clued up on what to expect from the university application journey as a parent or supporter. ...

Parents & Carers Guide to University
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Interior Design online 2024

Parents & Carers Guide to Online Study

See how you can support a student considering an online degree at Falmouth.  

Parents & Carers Guide to Online Study
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Clearing Advice for Parents, Guardians and Carers

What is Clearing? How can your child apply? And how can you support them through the process? Find o...

Clearing Advice for Parents, Guardians and Carers

Schools and colleges hub

Are you a teacher or advisor? Get equipped to help your students harness their creativity and discover the career opportunities that are open to them through higher education.

Find out more
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Our Access and Participation Plan

Our Access and Participation Plan sets out what we are doing to improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access and succeed in higher education. 

Collaborative partners and networks 

Next Steps South West

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect Programme, we work collaboratively to help young people and adult learners to progress into higher education.

Care Leavers Covenant 

The Care Leavers Covenant is a national inclusion programme that supports care leavers aged 16-25 to live independently and access opportunities. Falmouth University is a proud signatory of the covenant and is dedicated to supporting care experienced individuals.

Western Vocational Progression Consortium

The WVPC is a consortium of universities and colleges in the South of England, hosted at the University of Bath. It aims to increase the progression of adults and young people to higher level study through providing online, impartial information and support about all progression routes on Careerpilot and Lifepilot websites.

Meet our team

Our Schools and Colleges Partnerships team is made up of passionate and highly experienced practitioners. 

To book an activity or for further information, contact your regional representative or email outreach@falmouth.ac.uk.

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Aby Underhill Carey

Aby Underhill-Carey

Senior Outreach Officer

E: Aby.underhillcarey@falmouth.ac.uk 

Aby Underhill-Carey
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Andrew Wallis

Andrew Wallis

Head of School and College Partnerships, South West and Wales

E: andrew.wallis@falmouth.ac.uk

Andrew Wallis
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Anna Hawes

Anna Hawes

Head of UK Recruitment and Outreach

E: anna.hawes@falmouth.ac.uk

Anna Hawes
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Brad Tudor-Gayler

Brad Tudor-Gayler

Head of School and College Partnerships, South East and London

E: Brad.tudor-gayler@falmouth.ac.uk

Brad Tudor-Gayler
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Chloe Lingard

Chloe Lingard

NSSW Outreach Officer

E: chloelingard@falmouth.ac.uk

Chloe Lingard
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Joshua Barnett

Joshua Barnett

Head of School and College Partnerships, Midlands and North

E: j.barnett@falmouth.ac.uk

Joshua Barnett
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Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis

Outreach Officer

E: Lucydavis@falmouth.ac.uk

Lucy Davis


If you would like to find out more or tell us you identify as an underrepresented student and would like support, please contact our Outreach Team:

E: outreach@falmouth.ac.uk.