Funding received to help young people access higher education

Thursday, 08 January 2015

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced today (8th January) that a new national scheme to encourage more young people into higher education has been launched.

The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) involves schools, universities and colleges working together in a coordinated approach to form local networks across the Country. Oxford Brookes University will receive approximately £150,000 to be the lead institution for the local network. 

We always aim to provide opportunities for participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it.

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment for Oxford Brookes

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment for Oxford Brookes said: “We are delighted to be the lead organisation for our local network and to take part in what will be a significant resource for schools and colleges to get more young people into higher education who otherwise, may not have had the opportunity to do so.

The relationship with our local and wider community has allowed Oxford Brookes to play an important part in widening participation. We always aim to provide opportunities for participation in higher education to everyone who can benefit from it.”

As the lead institution for the network, Oxford Brookes will ensure the network acts as a source of information to all state-funded schools and colleges within the defined local area, help teachers and advisors find out about higher education outreach activity and provide general advice about progression into higher education.  

The local network will also host websites with information about outreach activity and signpost to other information to support schools and colleges as they prepare their students for higher education. 

Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science welcomed the networks and said: “Higher education is a transformational experience and the future of the UK economy depends on having highly-trained graduates so it is vital that young people have the right information about progressing into higher education’.

A record number of students entered higher education in 2014, with entry rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds increasing by over 10% to its highest ever level. However there is still more work to do to ensure all students who want to study hard can benefit, irrespective of their background.

The local network is made up of the following institution members:

Buckinghamshire New University
University of Oxford
University of Reading
Activate Learning
Abingdon and Witney College
Aylesbury College
Amersham and Wycombe College
Ruskin College
Swindon College

There will be 35 local networks covering the whole of England. More information about the NNCO can be found on the HEFCE website