What is Uni Connect?
The OfS Uni Connect programme brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people in years 9 to 13.
Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
Phase one of the programme started in January 2017 and ran until July 2019. It aimed to support the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
Phase two started on 1 August 2019 and is due to finish in July 2021. Building on phase one, it supports two main strands of activity:
Targeted higher education outreach within the local areas where we can have the most impact
Outreach hubs within the 29 local partnerships with cross-England coverage to help schools and colleges access the higher education outreach they need and provide a platform for wider collaboration. Aspire Higher is one of these local Outreach hubs.
Who are we?
The Aspire Higher Programme is a partnership between the Universities of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northampton. We connect local schools and colleges with universities and employers, helping you to access opportunities for your learners. We also run targeted outreach activity with local schools to support you in giving learners exposure to HE experiences and in meeting the Gatsby benchmarks.
University of Bedfordshire
Colleen is the contact for Aspire Higher in Bedfordshire. Please get in touch with her to find out about provision available for your school and learners.
University of Hertfordshire
Emma is the contact for Aspire Higher in Hertfordshire. Please get in touch with her to find out about provision available for your school and learners.
What has Uni Connect achieved so far?
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme is a national programme delivered by HE Institutions funded by the Office for Students. We are very proud of the impact we have made since launching in 2017.