At ICMP we are committed to developing an inclusive and supportive environment where all are able to participate and where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. As part of this activity, we have produced an Access and Participation Plan (APP) which has been approved by the Office for Students (OfS) and is available here:
APP - Accessible Summary 2020-21 TO 2024-25
ICMP’s Access and Participation Plan focuses our activities on improving access, success and progression for the following groups in particular:
- Students in care and/or care leavers;
- Students in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
- Students in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
- Students in recipient of Free School Meals.
- UK domiciled students whose home address is considered to have a low participation rate (as defined by the Office for Students) and a family income below £25,000
In the first instance, a range of bursaries and scholarships has been developed to enable increased access for deserving students. These can be found here.
About Access and Participation Plans
Access and participation plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education. Specifically, our plan covers our ambition for change; what we plan to do to achieve that change; the targets we have set; and the investment we will make to deliver the plan. It covers the three main areas identified by the OfS as follows:
Access: To increase the entry rates of students from underrepresented groups to higher education, in particular reducing the participation gaps at the most selective providers, where they are the widest; and to reverse the decline in higher education participation by mature students from underrepresented groups.
Success: To reduce the non-continuation rates (commonly known as 'drop-out rates') of students from underrepresented groups, particularly those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, and to reduce the gaps between these groups and other students; and to reduce the attainment gaps between students from underrepresented groups, particularly those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, and those from other groups.
Progression: To improve the rates of progression of students from underrepresented groups, particularly those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, into graduate-level employment or further study, and to reduce the gaps between these groups and other students.