We target our outreach work at learners who are underrepresented in higher education, especially:
- Learners in local authority care or classed as a care leaver
- Learners from areas of the country less likely to progress to higher education (POLAR)
- Learners with a disability, special educational need(s) or specific learning difference(s)
- Learners who are white british and from lower socioeconomic groups
- Learners eligible for free school meals or pupil premium
We provide a progressive range of engaging, interactive outreach activities tailored to the specific needs of learners, including campus visits, advice and guidance talks and aspiration raising workshops. These are delivered both at our university sites and at schools and colleges across London and the South East.
We work with non-selective state schools – including PRUs and special schools – sixth form and further education colleges, community groups, charities and academy trusts.
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In addition the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing works with a wider range of schools and groups to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)-based activities to inspire and educate students at all stages of their educational journey.
Kingston University is the lead Higher Education Institution for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in London. The NCOP is a HEFCE funded project that aims to increase the number of young people from lower participation neighbourhoods entering higher education by 2020.
The London consortium will involve three established networks in the capital - Aimhigher London, AccessHE and Linking London - working together with their partners (including schools, colleges, universities and local authorities) to design and deliver activities aimed at supporting learners in the 13 London target wards. These wards have been identified by HEFCE as having high social deprivation and lower than expected numbers of learners progressing to university relative to GCSE attainment.
The programme is funded for an initial period of two years until December 2018. For further information about the wards being targeted by each London network, activities currently taking place and who to contact should you wish to find out more, please visit the individual network websites below.