About Make Happen

We unlock opportunities for young people across Essex by helping them make informed choices about their education and future.

Based at the University of Essex, we’re part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect programme (formerly NCOP). We’re one of 29 national partnerships that bring together teachers from schools and colleges, with universities and other local educational partners, to offer activities, advice and information on the benefits and realities of going to university or college, to study a degree or take a degree apprenticeship.

This is with a particular focus on areas where participation in higher education is lower than might be expected, given the GCSE results of the young people who live there. We are also dedicated to supporting school students’ exploration of the world of work and career progression.

We’re a team of 20 higher education and outreach professionals, some of us have a background in teaching, with extensive experience of working in the higher education sector. We welcome students at schools and colleges across Essex to chat to us and ask any questions you might have about going to university.

By 2020 we had reached more than 75,000 students across the county of Essex through our activities. These have ranged from university taster days to mentoring programmes, and study skills workshops to aspirational careers programmes.

In 2021 we’re continuing to deliver a varied programme of activities to the same partner schools and colleges – with all of our work being supported by continuous evaluation of our programme’s effectiveness.

Partner organisations that we work with