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Strategic Outreach

Aspire to HE works with local organisations to understand where there is a lack of information, advice and guidance and outreach provision.

We then collaboratively agree where activity and funding for strategic outreach can have the most impact on underrepresented learners in the area, and fund new or existing collaborative initiatives, or act as a facilitator for new programmes.

Each year we invite education providers, local charities and other parties who work with underrepresented and/or disadvantaged groups to bid for funds through Strategic Outreach. Applications for 2023-24 are now open and the guidance document and application form are available for download below.

Forms for download

  • Strategic Outreach Guidance 2023-24

    Download our guidance document to support you in writing an informed and detailed bid.
  • Strategic Outreach Application Form 2023-24

    Download our application form and submit by 20th November 2023.

Aspire to HE have supported a variety of projects through Strategic Outreach funding. Last year our projects helped reach over 11,000 students across the Black Country and Telford and Wrekin.

To find out more about the projects we have funded in previous years you can download our case studies below. If you are interested in making an application this year, but are unsure of where to begin, please contact us.

Strategic Outreach Case Studies

  • English Language Café Case Study

    This case study was provided by Paula Harrison, project lead, for the 2022-23 English Language Café.
    Read more
  • Saturday Arts Club Case Study

    This case study was provided by Betsy in 2019 after she took part in the Saturday Arts Club.
    Read more


Uni Connect partnerships such as Aspire to HE aim to advise schools and colleges on the higher education information, advice and guidance and outreach provision that is available in their area. Our dedicated signposting page provides links to local and national provision to support students and education providers in making informed decisions.

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