The Office for Students is seeking views on a new approach to the Uni Connect programme from academic year 2021-22 to 2024-25 and would like to hear your views on the proposals in this consultation.
The deadline for responses is Tuesday 19 January 2021.
In this Office for Students blog, written by Jenny Ann Allen, Access and Participation Funding Manager, and Kirsty Johnson, Access and Participation Manager, from the Office for Students, they highlight some of the consultation proposals:
“Higher education has an important role to play in addressing both economic and societal needs as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Locally, universities and colleges will be critical partners, working with employers, local enterprise partnerships and others to ensure the needs of local communities and economies are met.
“To make sure that we focus on the young people who will benefit most from the support Uni Connect provides, the consultation sets out a new approach to programme targeting through identifying the highest priority schools and colleges. The consultation also outlines how we intend to give greater focus to a broad range of routes through and into higher education, including following technical pathways and through further education.
“We also propose a stronger focus on engaging mature students who are more likely to enter higher education with non-traditional qualifications.
We want to hear from universities, colleges, Uni Connect partnerships, schools and other stakeholders to help inform our future approach.”