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About Aspire to HE

Aspire to HE is a partnership, led by the University of Wolverhampton with local schools and colleges, who are committed to improving access to higher education for everyone in the Black Country, and Telford and Wrekin.

We provide impartial guidance and practical support to help people make an informed and ambitious decision about higher education and their future. We operate as a single point of contact for higher education outreach in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, and Telford and Wrekin.

Since 2017, Aspire to HE has worked with over 30 thousand learners, 10 thousand of those are from a target ward, and over 7 thousand pupils have engaged with us on a sustained programme – which means we will work with them multiple times throughout the project.

In working together, Aspire to HE is aiming to ensure that regardless of their context or background, all young people have a fair and equal chance of fulfilling their potential.

Working with schools

Aspire to HE currently has 49 partner secondary schools, which we have been working with since 2017. If your school is interested in working with Aspire to HE but doesn’t at the moment, it may still be possible. Aspire to HE is currently establishing an Outreach Hub and will be looking to increase its provision over the next academic year, this will allow us to work with schools that do not fall under our current target criteria.

How are we funded

Aspire to HE is part of the national Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students. The Office for Students is the independent regulator for higher education in England. Their aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

Targeted Outreach

A vital part of the work that Aspire to HE do is ensuring that young people are receiving the most impactful experience through the support and guidance provided. In taking a targeted approach to working with students on a sustained programme, we hope to equip students with the necessary tools and skills they need in order to make ambitious and informed decisions about their future. In doing so, students are able to progress and achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves.

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