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Study Higher is a collaborative network of Higher Education (HE) providers who work together to deliver outreach activities to young people. We want to help young people make strong decisions about their future.

  • Abingdon & Witney Students
Who do we work with?

Young people in school years 9 -13 who live in specific geographical areas across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Swindon.

Am I eligible to be a part of Study Higher's work?

Click here to find out!

Why do we work with certain postcodes?

We want to make sure our work is really targeted according to need so we work with areas that meet these criteria: 

  • 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.
How do we work with young people?

We are working closely with schools, colleges, community groups, local councils and other stakeholders to deliver inspirational and informative activities and events. Some of our staff are based in schools to deliver support on the ground. Visit our news section to get a flavour of some recent events or visit Our Partners to see the specific projects that they are involved with.

Is Study Higher free?

Study Higher's funding comes from the Government. We distribute the money across our partner Higher Education providers to offer support through projects. The funding is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which aims to promote social mobility by encouraging access to higher education for young people from diverse backgrounds.

Getting involved

Your school might already be involved by having a member of our staff linked to your school - check out this list here.

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 target postcodes. 

Schools with a high percentage of target 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. 

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


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.