Students Staff

8 June 2018

NCOP – Making it happen in Essex

Filed under: Latest news — Communications, CER @ 11:19 am

Our NCOP team work with young learners across Essex to help them consider higher education as an option.

To celebrate the publication of the first year’s report, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) has been shining a spotlight on the work of the consortia around the country. Their work delivers tailored activity in areas where the HE participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE attainment.

Make Happen is the name of the consortium for Essex and the team is based here at the University. The programme is dedicated to inspiring young people, raising their aspirations and promoting interest in higher education as a route to young people achieving their ambitions.

With a team of seven Outreach Officers based at partner institutions across the county, Make Happen has developed an innovative school and college-led model that provides events and activities tailored to the specific needs of the targeted learners.

Since December 2017, Make Happen has engaged with 16,000 students, 9,000 of which are identified as NCOP learners (39% of all NCOP learners in the county). With more than 150 different events and activities, learners have experienced motivational and inspirational talks and assemblies, Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM), medical and healthcare workshops, Sports Science, Art and Design, Teaching careers and Revision Skills sessions, to name but a few.

Watch this short film to get a taste of what has been achieved so far.

In the next few weeks, students from our local communities will get a taste of what university is all about at a Make Happen Sports Science Summer School at our Colchester campus. They will share the ‘student life’ in halls with those attending the University of Essex’s Summer 18 Residential Experience.

Year 10’s from around the county are also invited to a fantastic progressive campaign “Change Your World” which launches with an event for up to 300 learners at Colchester Zoo. This event aims to inspire students to change their own world through the opportunities offered by a university degree. The project links students with sustainability researchers from the University of Essex and focuses on Climate Change, Conservation and Global Health.

For more information about the programme please visit or call Sian Thomas on ext 3168.

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