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If you’re at school or college, we can work together to unlock opportunities for you, and help you make informed choices about your education and future.

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Take a quick look at Make Happen 

Take a look at our brochure for teachers and advisors to find out how we can work together to unlock opportunities for young people across Essex by helping them make informed choices about their education and future.



Which path to follow?

Which path to follow? Find out more about what going to university or taking a degree apprenticeship really means, and why one of them could be exactly right for you.


Read the latest news about interesting and exciting Make Happen initiatives for students across Essex.

Basic guides

Take time to read our basic guides, which contain clear facts and figures about preparing for university life or taking a degree apprenticeship.

About Make Happen

Make Happen

Make Happen is a partner of the Uni Connect programme (formerly known as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, or NCOP) funded by the Office for Students.

Based at the University of Essex, we are an experienced team dedicated to inspiring young people at school and college to raise their aspirations, by promoting higher education and degree apprenticeships as routes to helping them achieve their ambitions. Some of us are former teachers, and we work closely with partner organisations to deliver year-round programmes, events and resources that engage and inform. Our work is focused on young people in school years 9 to 13, alongside their parents, carers, and teachers.

Make Happen phase one (2017 to 2019) reached 66,500 students across Essex where progression to higher education is lower than expected given the GCSE results of the area. Make Happen phase two ( 2019 to 2021) continues to deliver a varied programme of activities, supported by continuous evaluation and data analysis to provide a rigorous evidence base for the programme’s effectiveness.

Partner Organisations

We work with a number of educational partners who help us deliver the full range of Make Happen programmes, including universities, colleges and local authorities across the county of Essex.