Uni Connect

How Uni Connect works

Uni Connect supports young people to achieve their ambitions by helping remove academic, financial and cultural barriers to higher education.

It does this by supporting attainment raising, through impartial, collaborative outreach, and through schools engagement by higher education providers.

Our priorities

From 2023-24 Uni Connect partnerships will deliver collaborative approaches with universities and other higher education providers to support young people from underrepresented groups in four priority areas:

  1. Attainment raising: This aims to improve the academic attainment and progress of pupils and support their progression into higher education.
  2. Strategic outreach: This aims to support strategic activity and engagement to address local outreach gaps.
  3. Targeted outreach: This aims to help young people from targeted local areas make well-informed decisions about their future education.
  4. Signposting: This aims to offer an efficient and low-burden route for schools and colleges to engage with higher education outreach and enable schools to engage with attainment raising activity. 

Programme funding

Programme funding is subject to annual confirmation. Uni Connect has been allocated £30 million in funding for the academic year 2023-24.

Last updated 25 July 2023
25 July 2023
Priorities for 2023-24 confirmed
22 June 2023
Uni Connect funding allocations - updated spreadsheet
08 September 2022
Updated with 2022-23 priorities
29 January 2020
NCOP renamed to Uni Connect

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