The recently established Widening Participation Champion initiative, set-up to allow all King’s staff to help lead on social mobility educational equality, has guided and supported DNA to become a recognised King’s College London widening participation programme. This means that students completing the DNA programme can add a special code (Tag) to their UCAS application which can accompany applications to any King’s course and gain additional (or contextual) consideration for entry.
Being eligible for additional consideration at King’s is a major benefit for students participating in DNA. It can be applied to applications from students who have experienced barriers to academic progress and who have borderline predicted grades or are making applications to particularly competitive courses. The outcome of this process may be an offer of a place on the course applied for, or an offer of a place on an alternative programme. Contextual offers may also be made that are up to two A-Level grades (or equivalent) lower than the standard advertised entry requirements.
Using a widening participation UCAS Tag for DNA means that participation in the programme can increase the likelihood of students with challenging circumstances gaining entrance to study at King’s.
From a larger perspective, the DNA programme represents important pledges of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and King’s wider strategic commitment to connect, engage and have a positive impact on local communities. This year, DNA worked closely with Team London Bridge, The Old Operating Theatre and Southwark College to develop activities and touch base with our local communities and organisations. It is important to embed DNA within the culturally rich and diverse environment we find ourselves.