University recognised for 
‘widening participation’

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THE University of Sunderland’s commitment to support some of the most hard to reach people has led to it scooping a national award.

Sunderland has been named as The Guardian University Awards’ ‘Widening Participation’ winner - recognising a university that has taken exceptional steps in addressing the low take-up of higher education among certain social groups.

Sunderland has been recognised for its work in raising the aspirations of young adults in care, described as Looked After Young People (LAYP) – some of the most underrepresented people in higher education in the UK.

Sunderland Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Fidler, said: “As a result of this work we are now recognised as one of the leading universities in the UK for widening access to higher education. Giving people with talent, regardless of background, the chance to have a life-changing opportunity lies at the heart of our vision.

“To win this national award is a great endorsement of what we have achieved as a civic university.”