The Creative Forum provides an active discussion space for AccessHE member HEIs offering creative HE courses to collaborate and strengthen activities with regard to access, success and progression.


    • To exchange and develop good practice;
    • To develop learning or information materials;
    • To jointly deliver activities with the target group;
    • To advocate to policy-makers on access issues affecting arts providers;
    • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking and information sharing, including with schools/colleges, charities and employers, regarding the arts.

E-communities of practice

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessHE has cancelled all scheduled in-person events, meetings and activity indefinitely. We see this period of virtual engagement as an opportunity to extend the ways in which the Forum can support members and partners through virtual “communities of practice”. As such, the Forum will meet for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year virtually.

To join the e-community (Microsoft Teams) or for general inquiries, please contact us.

Resource hub

A repository of historic materials, papers and resources related to the Forum. Click here for access (password-protected).

To request password access, please contact us or message us on Microsoft Teams.

2020 and beyond

The Forum launched a national, second version of the AccessHE Creative HE Apply Guide in partnership with UKADIA institutions. Both resources are available to download here. The group also explored contextual admissions policies from across the membership, engaged with a range of external arts & cultural organisations (including music education hubs and research bodies) and explored the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), specifically the proportion of widening participation students opting to create an artefact for their EPQ. This shapes ongoing discussion on how HEIs can support the delivery of artefact EPQs and use the EPQ as an alternative qualification for entry to creative subjects.

2020-21 meetings