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Take a look at our new 2020-210 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.

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.