Why partner with us?

The Office for Students (OfS) has stressed the vital role of collaborations between higher education institutions and third-sector organisations in delivering impactful interventions.

We have successfully partnered with universities to foster long-standing, mutually beneficial relationships.

We understand that universities often face challenges in demonstrating impact to internal stakeholders and in reports to the OfS. Our multi-year intervention programme aligns with various risk points on the OfS’s Equality of Opportunity Risk Register, offering comprehensive support to address these challenges effectively. As a data-driven organisation, we are committed to helping universities evidence their impact and fulfil their obligations to the OfS.

Meet our partners

The Access Project partnered with Queen Mary University of London in 2018, sharing a vision to support students from under-represented backgrounds to attend university. Since then, we’ve worked with the university to establish a partnership with one of our London schools, and recruit volunteer staff and student tutors.

“The Access Project has helped us to recruit volunteer staff and student tutors who continue to support attainment-raising initiatives, helping us to meet our goals of being the most inclusive Russell Group university.”

Poppy Hudghton, Deputy Head of Student Recruitment and Widening Participation at Queen Mary University of London

Map of The Access Project’s partner schools

Who do we work with?

The Access Project collaborates with universities and colleges in a variety of ways. We can work with you to establish school partnerships in targeted regions, organise university trips, or offer strategic partnerships for widening participation.

We currently work with 40 schools across England, spanning Greater London, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, Cumbria, Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.

Our partner schools are non-selective state schools with high numbers of students on Free School Meals, receiving Pupil Premium funding or with low levels of progression to top universities.

Our current university partners
  • Imperial College London
  • Keble College, University of Oxford
  • Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • The Queen’s College, University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University College London

Become a partner

Interested in setting up a partnership for your university or college? We’d love to hear from you. Contact our partnerships team to book a call and one of our friendly members of staff will guide you through our partnership options.

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