The North East Uni Connect Programme is a partnership between the universities and colleges in the North East who are working together to support young people and their key support networks (parents/carers and teachers/advisers) to explore the range of options throughout their education. Our work aims to remove the academic, financial and cultural barriers to higher education to ensure that all young people, irrespective of circumstance, have the information, skills and support to achieve their ambitions.
Our work is delivered through our FutureMe and Outreach North East Programmes, and includes the following key features:
- Targeted Outreach Activity: Our FutureMe programme of activity is offered in selected schools across the region, for students in Years 10-13, and in the further education colleges in the North East. Students taking part have access to activities and events to help them consider their future and how higher education can help them achieve their goals.
- Signposting: We provide impartial information, advice and guidance on the range of routes and pathways available into and through further and higher education to all audiences. The content is available on our website, and also links audiences with relevant activity from our university and college partners.
- CPD for Teachers and Advisers: We are committed to ensuring teachers and advisers have the information and skills they need to best support their students. Every child is unique, which is why we deliver a number of CPD activities, on a range of topics, during the academic year.
- Strategic Outreach: We are working hard to understand the needs of the North East and where there may be gaps in higher education outreach activity and are working with key sector agencies and a range of strategic partners to fill these gaps with impactful and evidence-based initiatives.
This work is being carried out as part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect Programme which brings together 29 partnerships across England of universities, colleges and other local providers to provide impartial information, advice and guidance by showcasing pathways to further and higher education.
You can find out more about the Uni Connect Programme by visiting the Office for Students website.