Hartpury joins new network with mission to help more young people into higher education

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Hartpury will work even more closely with schools and colleges in the south west in future to help more young people into university level study.

We will be joining forces with the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, the University of Bath and Bath Spa University as part of the new Western Outreach Network (WON).

A number of colleges in the region will also be involved in the network, which will receive around £340,000 over two years to help increase young people’s access to higher education by learning more about what it could offer them online, in the classroom and through local outreach activity.

WON is part of a national £22million scheme involving more than 200 higher education institutions working with 4,300 schools and colleges. This new network will provide a website packed with information about how young people can get more involved with their local universities and top tips for preparing for higher education, as well as signposting schools and colleges to other useful organisations.

Hartpury is already part of Gloucestershire’s GROW partnership, a local network now providing guidance to teachers and advisers about outreach activity happening in the area and the wide range of higher education opportunities available.

This GROW partnership is made up of Hartpury, the University of Gloucestershire, Royal Agricultural University, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and Gloucestershire College.

Matt Birch, Associate Dean of Hartpury College, said: “We’re thrilled to now be part of two networks in the region and joining forces with our partners to help encourage more young people into higher education.

“Hopefully we can show more young people who might not have previously considered university that it is an option for them and make them more aware of all of the exciting opportunities that are out there and how they can make a positive difference to their futures.

“We already work very closely with schools and colleges regionally but having a more co-ordinated approach to this outreach activity can only help to increase the awareness of young people, teachers and careers advisers.”

The networks are funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and are managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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