Opening up opportunities

Higher education changes lives. It brings greater life-satisfaction, lower unemployment and increased earnings. But the most disadvantaged young people in England are four times less likely to attend university than the least disadvantaged group. IntoUniversity has been working since 2002 to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain a place at a higher education establishment, find employment or enrol in training. They help young people aged seven to 18-years-old at 35 learning centres in England and Scotland.  

Increasing access to opportunity is important to us. We have awarded IntoUniversity a grant of £100,000 towards their core costs and to help at least 12,000 young people in London a year. They’ll get help with their school work, have one-to-one mentoring with university students or corporate volunteers, attend aspiration-raising workshops and get insight into careers. IntoUniversity also offers primary and secondary schools a programme of free educational activities and workshops to support students’ aspirations and attainment.

  • In 2020-21 IntoUniversity supported over 40,000 students including 17,117 in London.
  • 66% of IntoUniversity students progressed to university compared to 26% of students receiving free school meals nationally.
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) than their similarly qualified but better-off peers.

“For our students more often than not their families haven’t been to university so it’s a world that is unfamilar to them. The simple assertion from IntoUniversity that they can do more has a huge impact. IntoUniversity has an impact on every student that they work with. The programmes that IntoUniversity offer extend far beyond what we can provide in a classroom and that is invaluable.”


Year 6 IntoUniversity partner primary school teacher

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