TCAT signs up to £8 million Higher Education campaign

Published: January 12, 2017

Telford College of Arts and Technology is playing a key role in an £8 million project to increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds progressing into higher education.

The University of Wolverhampton has secured funding through The National Collaborative Outreach Programme, part of a national scheme delivered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Groups were invited to submit proposals for funds to work collaboratively on outreach programmes in specific local areas.

The University of Wolverhampton ‘Aspire to HE’ consortium includes TCAT, as well as New College Telford, and colleges in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Halesowen.

The programme aims to support the government’s goals to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020.

It also seeks to increase the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups by 20 per cent, and address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.

Jackie Dunne, deputy vice-chancellor for access and lifelong learning at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We’re really pleased to have been selected to lead on the Aspire to HE consortia which will deliver an extensive and exciting programme of collaborative working across specific wards in the Black Country and Telford.

“Our focus will be on engaging with schools and colleges where progression to university or HE is low overall or lower than expected given the GCSE attainment levels.

“We will be providing master classes, taster sessions, summer schools, support for English and maths as well as information, advice and guidance – all with a view to inspiring thousands of pupils and students to progress to study at a higher level.”

Keep an eye out for the new Telford College prospectus which will be available at the end of February 2017. Meanwhile, visit our Higher Education pages and talk to us about finding the HE course just for you!