Published: 12 January 2015 at 10:26
New scheme will promote the benefits of higher education across the county
Anglia Ruskin University is leading a new network in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help more young people in the county enter higher education, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The new scheme, which is benefiting from £290,000 funding over the next two years from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is part of a £22million national outreach scheme launched by the Government.
A local network is being formed, led by Anglia Ruskin and involving, amongst others, University Centre Peterborough and the College of West Anglia. Members will work together with schools and colleges to highlight how higher education can change people’s lives.
It will also host a website containing information about outreach activity, and signpost other information to support schools and colleges as they prepare their students for higher education.
The network will work most closely with schools and colleges which have relatively few pupils who go on to university, but will offer a gateway to information for all state-funded schools and colleges in Cambridgeshire.
Head of Outreach and Recruitment at Anglia Ruskin University, Rachel Nedwell, said:
Chris Chang, Pro Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin, said:
The national scheme – the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) – is being overseen by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). There will be a total of 35 local networks across the country plus three more national-level networks created to offer advice and support to specific groups of students.
Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, said: