What is IntoUniversity?
IntoUniversity is a national education charity with a mission to raise the aspirations of young people from the poorest homes across the UK. These young people face a considerable educational disadvantage – statistically they do far less well at school, they are less likely to go to university and they have little chance of entering the professions. IntoUniversity aims to challenge this, supported by university partners, by establishing learning centres in key geographical locations. Currently there are 25 learning centres and two extension projects in the UK.
Via their learning centres, IntoUniversity works with children in the primary years in order to have a decisive impact upon their futures. Continuous academic and pastoral support is given to young people visiting the centres right through to university application. It is the only organisation with a centre-based model, starting with children aged seven and offering a long-term, multi-strand programme to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Find out more by reading the latest annual report.
Why is Warwick partnering with IntoUniversity?
Since it was founded in 1965, the University of Warwick has supported upward social mobility. The University has a deep-rooted commitment and affinity to attract, support and enable some of the most talented individuals, irrespective of background, to fulfil their potential. Core to our work are the collaborations with other universities, schools, colleges, regional partners, industry, and the charitable sector to enhance social mobility.
By placing fresh emphasis on early intervention, this new collaboration represents a significant addition to our existing outreach programmes. Together we will raise aspirations, broaden horizons and promote a love of learning in children from primary school upwards.
The Coventry IntoUniversity Centre is another sign of Warwick’s commitment to our local community. One of the best ways we can make a meaningful contribution to our neighbours is by making sure they have access to as many of the advantages as possible that Warwick offers. Not only is access to higher education important for students, but it is also a priority for building a thriving university community. We are excited by the opportunity to work with new groups of students that this project helps us to achieve.
-Professor Chris Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Click below to read IntoUniversity's report on our successful first year of partnership, and the amazing work of the IntoUniversity Coventry Centre:
How can you make a difference?
You know how important a degree from Warwick can be. For some alumni, their time at Warwick gave them the foundations of a very successful career. For others, it was where lifetime friendships were forged. You have the chance to give this opportunity to others.
Warwick is seeking new supporters for this exciting new project so that we can extend this unique programme and transform the lives of disadvantaged young people in our city.
With your help, Warwick and IntoUniversity will provide an integrated programme of academic support, pastoral care and mentoring for young people (aged between 7 and 18) in the area. The Coventry IntoUniversity Centre will help to transform the lives of many young people in the city. The centre will expect to see approximately 1,900 unique students over its first five years and is confident it will support 75% of those students to go to University.