The University of Suffolk is committed to supporting and encouraging students in aspiring to higher education, succeeding on their course, and progressing into employment or postgraduate study. The University was originally created to provide higher education to the people of Suffolk, and while the reach of the University has grown, we remain committed to working with our local communities to ensure both young and mature students alike, are aware of their local opportunities for studying.
The University of Suffolk submits an Access Agreement to the Office for Fair Access each year to outline how we will spend a portion of the tuition fees to raise aspirations and to support non-traditional students in succeeding in their studies. We work with schools and colleges throughout Suffolk to increase awareness of higher education, and we are proud of the intensive work we do in areas such as Summer Schools and subject-specific activities. The University actively reaches out to the community and we continue to welcome a wide range of students, some of whom are returning to learning to change careers or to undertake the studies they were unable to access when they first left school or college. We provide support to our prospective students through intensive study skills workshops, and continue to work with them as they develop their knowledge and skills to succeed in their studies and move into employment or further study.
Detailed information about our priorities is outlined in our Access Agreements for 2016-17 and 2017-18. The Access Agreement provides an insight into some of our targeted work, with more information on how we support all University of Suffolk students available in the Studying at University of Suffolk pages. More information on our aspiration-raising activity is available at Widening Participation.
The University of Suffolk was the lead partner in a two year Suffolk and Norfolk Collaborative Outreach Project (SNCO), which finished in December 2016. This government funded initiative provided a single point of contact for the region’s schools and colleges to access outreach activity from higher education providers in Suffolk and Norfolk. The project coordinated a range of activities for school students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, making it easier for schools to engage in activities to enhance their provision of aspiration and attainment raising activity for learners from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds.
Further information about the collaborative outreach networks can be found on the National HEFCE website here.
- The SNCO video provides an overview of the successes and achievements of the project
- As part of the project we commissioned research into the factors determining low participation rates in three areas of Suffolk and Norfolk. The full report can be downloaded here.
The University of Suffolk has joined a new project, working in partnership with the region’s Higher Education (HE) Institutions, Further Education (FE) Colleges and other stakeholders, to deliver the East Anglian part of the Government-funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme.
The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) will run until December 2018 with the possibility of being extended to the end of 2020. It brings together the University of Suffolk with Anglia Ruskin University, Norwich University of the Arts, University of East Anglia, and the University of Cambridge as Consortium Partners, with Cambridge acting as lead partner. The project involves a funding allocation of approximately £9 million for the first two years of the project, and will be working with targeted parts of East Anglia where participation in higher education is lower than would be expected based on GCSE attainment. Further information on the project can be found here.