Russell Group Widening Participation receives funding boost

The University has successfully secured funding from HEFCE for work aimed at widening participation in higher education.

The project will complement the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach – including HEART in which the University is already one of twelve partners. The £22 million pound NNCO scheme aims to encourage more young people into higher education and delivers a nationally coordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access higher education.

The Teacher Resources for Progression to Selective Universities project will help to address the national focus on improving access for students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups to selective higher education institutions.

A group of highly selective universities will work together to create a portfolio of high quality, online resources for teachers, which will provide access information and support. The resources will be of particular value to target schools located some distance from universities, and those schools with little history of progression to selective universities. The materials will also bolster the nationwide, biennial teacher conferences currently run by the widening participation departments across Russell Group universities.

Louise Banahene, Head of Educational Engagement said: "It is fantastic to have secured the funds to further this project, which we have developed with input from teachers and colleagues from across the education sector. We’re looking forward to launching the project and working alongside regional networks to help more students access highly selective universities."

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