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About Us

What is Study Higher?

Study Higher is a collaborative network of higher education (HE) providers who work together to deliver outreach activities to young people to inform them about their future educational opportunities.

Our work

Study Higher is funded as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which aims to promote social mobility by encouraging access to higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Under the NCOP, we are required to work with young people in school years 9 -13 who live in specific geographical areas across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Swindon. These geographical areas have been identified at ward level and are selected as they show:

  • Low levels of participation in higher education overall
  • A ‘gap’ in higher education participation – i.e. participation in higher education is lower than would be expected given GCSE attainment levels.

In order to support the Government’s goals to increase participation in higher education by young people from these particular areas, we are working closely with schools, colleges, community groups, local councils and other stakeholders to deliver inspirational and informative activities and events.

More information on the targeting of the project and our student eligibility checker can be found here.


Getting involved

We’ve invited schools and colleges in the region to take part in the Study Higher programme, being selected according to the number of pupils they have that reside in the NCOP target wards.

Schools with a high percentage of these pupils are eligible for our extensive programme of activity - which includes support from one of our Higher Education Liaison Officers (HELOs) - to ensure the school is aware of outreach opportunities available and that activity is tailored to meet the needs of both the school and pupils. A list of these schools can be found here.

Schools and colleges with lower numbers of target pupils have access to a variety of activity on offer. A list of these schools can be found here.


Our history

Study Higher was established in 2011 by Buckinghamshire New University, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford with the aim of preserving the legacy of Aimhigher MKOB. The University of Reading joined the partnership in 2014 along with six further education colleges.  In January 2017 Study Higher was successful in its bid for funding to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), now known as the Office for Students (OFS), as part of their National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and as a result expanded again and is now made up of 15 institutions.