New HEFCE Outreach Programme Launched (England)

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a new four-year outreach programme to help meet the government’s challenging goal to double the participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering higher education (HE) by 2020.

Funded at £30 million in the first year of operation and £60 million thereafter, the programme will support consortia to deliver highly focused outreach activity where HEFCE’s analysis shows that participation in HE is particularly low overall, and lower than expected given the Key Stage 4 attainment levels in those areas. The funding is available to:

  • Consortia of universities
  • Further education colleges
  • Private higher education (HE) providers
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Schools
  • Charities
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Local authorities and other local partners.

Consortia will deliver a suite of outreach activity which will support and encourage young people in school years 9 to 13 to consider HE.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 12 noon on the 1st July 2016.

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