For us at UCL First-Gen, we consider First-Gen students to be those who are part of the first generation in their immediately family to enter higher education.
There are numerous definitions of First Generation students, with some excluding those students with extended family who attended university. We subscribe to our definition as we feel it is the most inclusive, recognising the direct influence that parental figures have on university participation.
With our mission being the promotion of access and inclusivity, an executive decision was made during UCL First-Gen’s founding to refuse to charge for membership. You can join UCL First-Gen for free by clicking here.
First-Gen students can be found worldwide. With the most visible network of students being found in the US, it can be easy to mistake it for a strictly Western issue: we hope to highlight the ubiquity of this phenomenon and subsequently drive attention towards this issue.
Events organised by the society range from:
- Fortnightly meetups/socials
- Career information events
- Life skills workshops
- Networking events
We have events running at least every fortnight during term-time, and our aim for the 2019-2020 academic year is to introduce even more variety into our events.
Since its founding, UCL First Gen’s collaborations have strictly been with UCL departments, predominantly the Access and Widening Participation Office, working to inform their strategies for targeting first generation students. Furthermore, we have also worked with Project Access and their UCL Campus Director.
During the 2019/20 academic year, we hope to engage with other societies at UCL and beyond, developing partnerships to further spread our message.
Meet the Committee