Leeds College of Art joins national network to increase access to Higher Education

08 January 2015

HEART (Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming) of which the College is a member, has been named the West Yorkshire Single Point of Contact for 11-18 state funded schools as part of the new National Network for Collaborative Outreach scheme.

The £22 million scheme involving over 200 higher education institutions and reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges aims to encourage more young people into higher education.

The networks are funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and managed by HEFCE.  Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, welcomed the networks, saying:

‘Higher education is a transformational experience and the future of the UK economy depends on having highly-trained graduates so it is vital that young people have the right information about progressing into higher education. This programme will ensure that schools and colleges across England can help their students learn about higher education in the classroom, online and through local outreach activity.

Martell Baines, Progression Manager at Leeds College of Art says:

‘We are delighted to be collaborating creatively to raise the regions aspirations through outreach and widening participation into Higher Education with all our HEART partners.’

You can find more information about the scheme on the HEART website.

Sources: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/ http://www.heart.ac.uk/