Page 1: Understanding the experiences of access to Higher Education


Welcome to the University Beginnings survey. We really appreciate you taking time for this and your responses are extremely valuable. Here are some things you might want to know about why we are running this survey:

We are aware that making the decision to attend university, the journey to attaining a place and enrolling at university can be harder for some people than others and that these factors in some cases prevent people from attending at all. You have achieved this and we feel that your experiences could assist universities to make things easier for others. Your responses will help us to understand motivations to attend university, and identify the particular drivers and enablers that can facilitate the path to higher education (HE).

The findings from this study can allow universities to put in place measures to make it easier for future applicants. We also want to understand the social, economic, cultural and psychological factors that impact on why people from various backgrounds aspire to go to university and explore their journey into HE. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who are from families unaccustomed to HE.

If you accept, you will be asked to complete the following survey which will take approximately 10 minutes. There will be no preparation or follow-up requirements and your responses will be anonymous, you will not be identified in any way. Please feel free to leave any questions unanswered if you wish to, all responses will be of interest to us. By responding to our survey, you are also eligible for our prize draw and could win a £50 Amazon voucher. You have the right to withdraw from the study once completed, please see details at the end of the survey relating to this.

About us:

We are a team of researchers from the Cathedrals Group of Universities (CGU) ( The CGU has a strong ethos for improving university participation with an emphasis on wellbeing and academic excellence. We want to be able to provide equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds to attain a university education.

If you have any additional queries or concerns about the purpose of this research, the contact details are as follows:

Principal Investigator- Dr Anne Majumdar       email: 

Research assistant- Charlotte Foster-Brown   email:

If you would like a copy of the participant information sheet via email and/or you would like to receive a summary of the findings once the study has been completed, please contact the research assistant at


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