Widening participation

The University of Bristol is committed to the diversification of our postgraduate student body. We recognise the value of a varied cohort and want to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to apply for postgraduate study with us.

Summer research opportunities

Each year we provide promising undergraduates from underrepresented groups with hands-on experience of research during the summer holidays. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about further study and a career in research.

Applications are currently open for:

Opportunity Bristol: Widening participation in postgraduate research

I found the compulsory workshops so useful. Each one put my mind more at rest about the transition to postgraduate study – the library session helped massively with navigating complex databases for research and the finance session helped plan how I would fund my postgraduate course. The mentoring scheme was also really useful! My mentor was really nice and easy to get along with, and as she was a current postgrad student at Bristol, knew how the application process worked and was able to help me look at the variety of courses (and individual units) on offer.

Lee (Access Postgrad Graduate 2018)

Access Postgrad scheme

As a prospective postgraduate student, you may have reservations about the time, skills and resources needed to access postgraduate study. The Access Postgrad scheme provides peer mentoring and skills development sessions to help current University of Bristol undergraduates decide whether postgraduate study is right for them.

Access Postgrad began in October 2019 with all participants due to complete by May 2020.

The minimum time commitment for the programme is 16 hours for final year undergraduate students and 20 hours for second year undergraduate students: 

  • 4 x one-hour peer mentoring sessions
  • 3 x half-day skills development sessions

The skills development sessions will cover the following topics:

  • How to apply and fund your postgraduate study.
  • Advice on writing a personal statement for your programme of interest and networking with academic and School staff.
  • Study skills at postgraduate level, highlighting the main differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study and what resources are available as a postgraduate student.
  • Careers support and advice demonstrating the value of a postgraduate degree, alongside help in planning your future career.

Those taking part in the scheme will also have access to optional extras such as teaching sampling, social activities and more.

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