Study Higher awarded funding to increase numbers of BME students in higher education

Monday, 30 November 2015

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Study Higher has been successful in its bid to secure funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which will be used to support the progression of BME students into higher education.

The partnership, which includes Oxford Brookes University, has been awarded just over £22,000. Specifically, this will fund projects and activities aimed at increasing the number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani girls studying in higher education. 

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment and Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are delighted that Study Higher is one of only two networks to have been awarded BME project funding from HEFCE. 

Study Higher and Oxford Brookes are committed to increasing the diversity of students going into higher education and we look forward to working together with local communities to help more students progress.

Alice Wilby, Director of UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

“Study Higher and Oxford Brookes are committed to increasing the diversity of students going into higher education and we look forward to working together with local communities to help more students progress.”

The project will explore whether there are specific barriers to participation in higher education (HE) facing particular BME groups and ultimately develop outreach interventions which encourage HE participation and help students make effective subject choices.

The partnership will provide high-quality higher education-related information, advice and guidance to Bangladeshi and Pakistani girls and outreach activities will be designed in partnership with current university students and relevant community groups to ensure that events are tailored to the needs of the students.

Study Higher is a collaborative partnership between Oxford Brookes, Bucks New University, University of Oxford, University of Reading and six local Further Education colleges. The partnership offers students in targeted schools and colleges across the region a wide-range of activities to highlight the opportunities within higher education.

Study Higher is one of 38 National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) led by HEFCE. The scheme aims to encourage more young people into higher education. Earlier this year, Oxford Brookes received funding of £150,000 from HEFCE to be the lead institution of the local network.