Background to Advancing Access
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Background to Advancing Access

Advancing Access was established as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme. This aimed to encourage more young people into higher education.

Please visit HEFCE's NNCO website for further information and to find out more about your local network.

Advancing Access was set up to complement and add value to the work of NNCO by identifying a particular issue – progression to leading universities. We therefore aim to provide specific support to schools and colleges with lower levels of progression to the highly selective universities. Advancing Access was launched as a pilot under the NNCO scheme in September 2016.

Independent researchers (the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) have been commissioned to evaluate the Advancing Access programme. Further information on the evaluation and how we work in partnership with teachers and advisers is available on our webpage, How we work with teachers and advisers.

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring delivered an evaluation of the pilot phase of the programme. This is available here: Initial project report.

The NNCO scheme ended in December 2016 and our university partners now fund the Advancing Access programme.