HEFCE have recently announced funding and support for a new National Collaborative Outreach Programme. The programme, which will run from 2016-17 to 2019-20, will provide financial resources for consortia of HE providers, schools, colleges and other stakeholders to deliver targeted programmes of collaborative outreach in specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels. The programme will support the government’s targets to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020, to increase by 20 percent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups and to address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE. HEFCE are holding events across in England for interested consortia and bids for funding must be complete by 1st July 2016.
For more information about the programme go to http://www.hefce.ac.uk/sas/ncop/