HEART partnership secures major HEFCE funding

The educational outreach partnership, HEART, has won a bid for a major new project through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).

HEART is a partnership of twelve West Yorkshire Universities and Colleges, with the University as lead partner.  It aims to help teachers and advisers find out about higher education outreach activity in their area and to provide general advice about progression into higher education.

The NCOP is part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) work aimed at improving student access and success.  It invited proposals to run collaborative outreach initiatives in areas where higher education participation is low.

In partnership with schools, academies and colleges, HEART will use the £6.7 million funding over two years to support students in Years 9 to 13 from target wards across West Yorkshire.  

The overall aim of the project is to increase the numbers of young people progressing into higher education.  Activity will engage parents and carers as well as teachers and advisers.

Professor Margaret House, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and Chair of the HEART Board, said, “The NCOP represents another exciting step in the journey for our partnership, complementing the existing work we undertake with young people in care, and around alternative higher education qualifications.”

Helen Sykes, Manager of the HEART Partnership, said, "The strengths of the partnership lie in our collaborative approach to working; through our package of outreach activity, this HEFCE-funded programme provides a fantastic opportunity to transform the futures of young people in the region."

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