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Supporting access to higher education through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) was developed in 2016 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – since merged to the Office for Students (OfS). This was in response to the Government’s ambition to double the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering Higher Education (HE) by 2020. The programme also aims to increase by 20% the number of young people from ethnic minority groups entering HE and to address the under-representation of young white men from disadvantaged backgrounds accessing HE. We are delighted that the programme has been extended into 2021.

Our work in Sussex

As part of our Project Management offer we have been contracted by the Sussex Learning Network to develop and manage a number of strands of work.   Debra, who has extensive experience of widening participation, is managing the strategy and delivery plans for this work.

NCOP funding targets disadvantaged students in Years 9 – 13 living in identified ward areas where progression into HE is lower than expected based on GCSE attainment figures. The overall aim of NCOP is to close the gap and increase the number of learners (by a third nationally), residing in these ward areas into higher education.  The Sussex Learning Network (SLN:COP) is one of 29 successful consortia funded to support intensive outreach across the whole of Sussex and is a collaborative partnership consisting of:

  • HE providers
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Independent training providers
  • Local Authorities
  • Other organisations such as employers, third sector bodies and local enterprise partnerships.

Examples of our work include: