This programme aims to rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
What is NCOP?
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people aged 13-18.
Their work is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:
- double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020
- increase by 20 per cent the number of students in higher education from ethnic minority groups
- address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education.
How is the programme funded?
Funding of £60 million per year has been provided for academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Funding beyond this point will be subject to a review to decide if the programme is making satisfactory progress towards its goals.
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