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Access Partnerships

Applications, Eligibility & Selection

Application Process

Application processes vary between Access Partnerships activities. In general, an activity will initially ask for the submission of either:

a) An online individual application (where a student completes the application form on their own behalf)


b) An online teacher/adviser application (where a teacher/adviser completes the application form on behalf of a group of students at their school).

Each activity webpage will clearly state whether the individual student or a teacher/adviser should submit the application. Where we use a different method of application (for example, a paper application) this will also be stated on the relevant webpage.

What happens to your application?

  • Once an application is submitted, we aim to acknowledge receipt within 7 days by e-mail. If you have not received acknowledgement after this time period, please contact Access Partnerships on or 0191 334 9119.
  • Each application is considered by the Access Partnerships team in line with the published Access Partnerships eligibility criteria (criteria that apply to all Access Partnerships’ activity) and any additional published eligibility and/or selection criteria for a particular project.
  • Where there is a stated closing date for applications, all applications will only be considered after the closing date. If the event is oversubscribed, applications submitted after the closing date may not be accepted or may be added to a waiting list.
  • Where an event is advertised as first-come, first served, applications will be considered as soon as possible after receipt and places on the activity allocated in order of submission.
  • We aim to process all applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you have not received a decision two weeks prior to the activity delivery date, please contact Access Partnerships on or 0191 334 9119.
  • Please note that places on each activity are not finalised until confirmed by the Access Partnerships team.

Eligibility Criteria 2016-17

In order to participate in Durham University Access Partnerships activity 2016-17 all student participants must:

  • Be in the relevant academic year for the event
  • Be attending a state school in the North East (see below)*
  • Be under 18 at the time of the event

We will not accept students onto our events that do not meet the above criteria.

Please note that specific activities may ask for additional eligibility and/or selection criteria and/or publish additional guidelines for selection. Where this is the case, these will be published on the relevant activity webpage.

* Defined as a state school located within one of the following Local Authorities:


North Tyneside




Redcar and Cleveland


South Tyneside



Newcastle upon Tyne


Feedback (where appropriate)

Feedback on decisions can be provided upon written request.

Under the Data Protection Act a request for feedback should come from the applicant or from someone that the applicant gives express and voluntary consent, in writing, to act on their behalf, such as a school adviser.

The University does not provide feedback to parents unless the applicant has given prior, express and voluntary consent, in writing.

Complaints and Appeals (where appropriate)

  • If an applicant has a query following the provision of feedback and is unable to resolve this informally, a complaint may be made. Details of the Access Partnerships complaints procedure will be provided to all applicants in their decision correspondence. However, a complaint is defined as a specific concern related to a procedural error, irregularity or mal-administration in the admissions procedures or policies.
  • Appeals, defined as a request by an unsuccessful applicant for a formal review of the outcome of a selection decision, will not be considered.
  • Applicants will not be discriminated against in any further application should they request feedback, or make a complaint under the University's policies and procedures.
  • For full details of the appeal process, please refer to the Complaints Procedure: