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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. We want to help young people make strong decisions about their future.

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Who do we work with?

There are two distinct strands to the work that Study Higher delivers across four regions; Swindon, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. These two strands are: Targeted Intervention and The Outreach Hub.


Targeted Intervention

Our Targeted Intervention is for young people in school years 9 -13 who live in specific
geographical areas across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Swindon. At the beginning of the programme we invited specific schools and colleges in the regions to take part in the Study Higher programme. The schools were 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.

We currently work intensively with 34 schools in these regions. To find out if you/your
school/ your child is eligible or for more information about our Targeted Intervention click here.


The Outreach Hub

The Outreach Hub has three main strands: Signposting, Support and Strategic Engagement.

The Hub is a point of contact for all schools in the four regions. Teachers and advisors can contact the Hub team to find out about the free outreach activity available to them. Our website also hosts details of all the local outreach and how to book, as well as resources and information for schools and colleges about HE.

The Hub engages with schools and colleges to understand their HE outreach needs. It
supports schools to access existing outreach provision including funding transport or
teacher cover where needed. Get in touch with us now to find out how we can support your school. 

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Strategic Engagement:
The Hub works closely with HEI’s and FE Colleges, LEPs, Careers Hubs etc to develop strategic collaborative activity and encourage effective and impactful collaboration.


How do we work with young people?

We work closely with Higher Education providers, schools, colleges, community groups, local councils and other stakeholders to deliver inspirational and informative activities and events.
The Targeted Intervention staff are based in schools to deliver support on the ground. Visit our 'News' Page to get a flavour of some recent events, Find/Book an Event to see what’s available in your area, or the Outreach Provision page to see the specific projects that Study Higher and our Partners deliver.


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 Office for Students Uni Connect programme 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 in our Targeted Intervention programme and will have a member of our staff linked to your school.  All other schools can access support from The Outreach Hub.

Visit the Schools we work with page to find out who your main contact is.


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), now known as Uni Connect, and as a result expanded again and is now made up of 15 institutions.

Visit the Our Partners page to find out more.