Access and Widening Participation

Nuffield College works closely with the University of Oxford's flagship graduate access scheme, UNIQ+. Some of the UNIQ+ students (primarily in the social sciences) are hosted at Nuffield for the duration of the summer programme, and several Nuffield academics supervise research projects for UNIQ+ interns.

Before the UNIQ+ programme was open to social science interns, Nuffield launched its own graduate access scheme, the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars' Institute, which ran parallel to the first year of UNIQ+. The aim of NUSI was to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within the social sciences in Oxford, and in UK academic more broadly, by expanding access to higher education to students whose socioeconomic background or other life circumstances may have made it more difficult for them to reach their full educational potential. NUSI has now been incorporated under the umbrella of UNIQ+ for practical reasons and to avoid duplication; we are committed to contributing to the University's efforts to widen access to graduate study by the most effective means possible.