The IntoUniversity Newcastle East centre is a collaboration between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities and national education charity IntoUniversity to provide additional educational support to children and young people aged 7-18 who come from backgrounds under-represented in higher education.

 

Working closely with local schools, it provides young people with after-school academic support, mentoring, in-school aspiration-raising workshops, specially designed study activities, family learning support and employability and careers programmes. This includes raising awareness and understanding of higher education and how to access it.

The partnership supports both universities’ commitment to widening participation – particularly in the North East which has some of the lowest rates in England for participation in higher education.

The centre – which opened in September 2021 and is the first IntoUniversity local learning centre to open in the North East – is based at the Monkchester Community Centre in Walker, Newcastle. It supports over 1,000 students per year, drawn from five local primary schools and three secondary schools.

Feedback from students and their teachers is resoundingly positive with sessions described as ‘absolutely invaluable for the children providing them with so many opportunities and memories that will last them a lifetime’. The Centre is also making a real difference in terms of young people progressing to university. Around 12% of people in the local area progress to university but in its first few years of operation the progression rate for young people being supported by the centre is more than 60%.

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