Access and Participation


At UCA we nurture creative talent. Our dedicated outreach team works with schools and community groups to support students from under-represented backgrounds into higher education.

'I still cannot quite believe that they got the opportunity to come and do such an exciting project every Saturday... I’m so grateful and I can only tell you that [my daughter] had the most wonderful time - she found it so inspiring, even just to be on the campus.'  - Mother of Clay Sculpture Saturday Club participant, November 2021

'I really liked the creative freedom and how the day was laid out. It was super fun.' - Illustration Saturday Club participant, November 2021

'Mentors were very friendly and made me feel more comfortable being around new people.' - Textiles and Printmaking Saturday Club participant, November 2021

'Mentors were very friendly and made me feel more comfortable being around new people.' - Textiles and Printmaking Saturday Club participant, November 2021

Our outreach partners

To promote access to higher education we work in partnership with a range of higher education networks.

UCA has a long history of working to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in Kent and Medway who may not consider progression to Higher Education (HE) as a route to success.

Our outreach work in this region focuses on two main networks, that, combined, work in partnership with over 70 schools and colleges:
– The Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), which unites the self-funded outreach activities of UCA, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent.
– The Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) funded by Office for Students (OfS) through their UniConnect programme, which offers activities through an additional eight partners.

As the creative specialist in both networks, UCA promotes progression in creative arts, business and technology through a variety of activities, including workshops, holiday clubs and masterclasses. We work with young people in Years 7 to 13 and those studying on further education (FE) courses.

Our aim is to promote social mobility by improving access to HE for young people from under-represented backgrounds. Through our work in the KaMCOP UniConnect programme we engage and realise the aspirations of young people from specific wards in Kent and Medway, where participation is lower than expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.

Discover our KaMCOP & KMPF outreach offer

UCA works with the Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON), a consortia of universities delivering activities to promote progression to Higher Education within specific wards across Surrey and North East Hampshire. We offer outreach activities to pupils in Years 9 to 13, as well as impartial information, advice and guidance on Higher Education.

Learn more about HEON

Part of London Higher, AccessHE is a pan-London organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups into higher education. UCA is a key partner in AccessHE Creative Network, which develops coordinated strategies to support under-represented young people in London to follow a creative pathway.

Visit the AccessHE website

Find out more about AccessHE Creative

The Care Leavers Progression Partnership (CLPPP) is network of organisations in Kent and Medway, committed to improving the post-16 education and training experience for local children in care and care leavers.

Visit the CLLP website

Continuing Professional Development

If you're a teacher or careers advisor, we want to help you to equip your student to be the creative leaders and innovators of the future. Our Continuing Professional Development events give you the skills and knowledge to do just that.

Visit our CPD events

access agreement

Our access and participation plan sets out what we are doing to improve equality of opportunity for under-represented groups to access and succeed in higher education.

UCA Access & Participation Plan 2022-23 – 2026-27

UCA Impact Report 2019-20