At University Centre Leeds we are proud of our supportive environment, ensuring students receive personalised support and providing all students the opportunity to reach their full potential. As such, University Centre Leeds commits to the GTRSB into HE Pledge, and to improve access and participation in higher education (HE) of Gypsies, Travellers, Roma, Showmen, and Boaters (GTRSB).

Our Widening Participation (WP) Strategy 2021-2025 outlines our commitment to making a positive difference to individuals and communities. Our work involves effective partnership working and the pioneering of innovative approaches, which aim to remove barriers to access and participation in HE. Our strategy identifies several specific groups we strive to support and make real positive difference, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. We commit to extending this to include Showmen and Boaters more visibly.

Those from GRT communities remain underrepresented in further education (FE) and HE in West Yorkshire, compared to national and local populations. At University Centre Leeds, 0.2% of our 2021-22 HE student population have identified as being from Gypsy or Irish Traveller communities; only 0.1% of the FE student population within our Luminate Education Group FE Colleges.

We commit to working towards creating the most appropriate and welcoming environment and conditions in which GTRSB students can stay resilient and thrive both personally and academically. University Centre Leeds understands the commitments to the pledge and aims to enhance or implement the following activities as part of our commitment:

We are proud to be associated with GTRSB Into HE Pledge and welcome the opportunity to commit to the pledge to ensure that those from GTRSB communities are fully supported in making informed choices. We look forward to working with partners, participating in the GTRSB Into HE Network, and in supporting GTRSB students throughout their higher education journey.

Yours sincerely

Signed by Janet Faulkner, Dean of Higher Education

Janet Faulkner

Dean of Higher Education

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