From Adversity to University

Using education to overcome adversity

From Adversity to University

Using education to overcome adversity

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From Adversity to University
Watch our recent appearance on BBC's Morning Live to learn more about what we do.

Our ethos

Providing opportunities for those often left behind

At the University of Chichester, we know that education and ability are not synonymous, with opportunities not always equally available to all.

The From Adversity to University initiative revolves around the Bridging Course – a non-traditional route into higher education that hopes to create equality of opportunity and to help students to reach their unrecognised potential.

Bridging Course

Get back into education, no matter your starting point

The Bridging Course is taught in small groups and is designed to develop academic knowledge and skills based on the lived experience of participants.

Sessions consist of lectures, workshops and interactive discussions. It is run one evening a week as a group.

Successful completion of the module allows students to apply for degree courses at the University of Chichester

Bridging Course

Student view

Hear what our Bridging Course students have to say


Bridging Course graduate and current
BA (Hons) Sociology student

"It is the most fantastic opportunity. It gave me a future, it gave me hope and a chance to turn things around. To be able to achieve something is such a magical feeling."


Bridging Course graduate and current
BA (Hons) Fine Art student

"The course gave me the drive and belief that I could do anything I put my mind to and hope for the future. It quite literally transformed my life."

Humanistic Counselling students in classroom

From Adversity to University Toolkit

How to start your own
Bridging Course

The University of Chichester has launched a toolkit designed for Higher Education Institutions who are interested in setting up their own “From Adversity to University,” project.

Our Team

Meet the team behind the project

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences
Reader in Childhood and Social Policy

Our story

See our news articles and podcasts

Be You Podcast - Being given a second chance

S3, Ep8 - Being Given a Second Chance

On this episode of our 'Be You Podcast', Jess speaks to Senior Lecturer Becky Edwards and one of her students Darren on their experiences of the Bridging Course at the University of Chichester.

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