Access, Outreach and Widening Participation

Access, Outreach, and Widening Participation are all ways of describing one of the primary endeavours of the Trinity Hall Admissions team; identifying academically able students from all backgrounds, understanding the barriers that might disadvantage their process of applying to the University of Cambridge, and supporting them with resources and skills for overcoming these barriers.

Accordingly, we work with schools, colleges and individuals to provide up-to-date knowledge of the admissions process and to raise aspirations. Particularly we undertake this work with individuals, families or schools with little experience of applications to the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, or to Higher Education in general.

Widening Participation Events

Regional Partners: the Area Link Scheme

The UK is a vast composite of counties. As part of the University of Cambridge’s Area Links Scheme, each college has been allocated an area to focus its Widening Participation efforts on, to build sustained relationships between the college and schools in the region.

Trinity Hall accordingly works with the South West Local Authorities of:

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

Tailored events, visits and resources are available to schools in our Link Area (see above). If you are a student or a teacher at one of these schools looking to find out more, please get in touch with the Schools Liaison Officer (

If you are at a school outside our Link Area, please see our Open Days page to see what events we have coming up, or (if you are at a UK school), you see what events your link College has available.

Please note: there is no expectation or obligation for students to apply to their relevant Area Links College and participation in Area Links Scheme initiatives does not influence whether Colleges invite applicants for interview or offer them places.

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