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Nottingham Trent University is supporting new Uni4Me initiative to widen access to higher education

NTU is one of the scheme's founding partners

NTU is supporting Uni4Me

Nottingham Trent University is supporting new Uni4Me initiative to widen access to higher education

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a founding partner of a new online hub ‘Uni4Me’ that is coordinating online outreach work aimed at widening access to higher education.

NTU is one of 50 organisations on the Uni4me website, which brings together 250 online activities. This Uni4me hub acts as a central portal where learners, parents and teachers can access free activities to help them to explore educational opportunities and support students to progress to Higher Education. The initiative is led by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and funded by the participating organisations including NTU.

Uni4Me is designed to maximise the opportunities for online outreach to help address the impact of Covid-19 on face to face student outreach work. Research by NEON indicates that over 80% of HE providers do not expect to be able to work in schools before January 2021.

Nottingham Trent’s evidence-based approach to social mobility was recognised in October, when the University was named University of the Year at the Social Mobility Awards. NTU’s Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE) have been adapting their outreach services to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

In addition to supporting post-16 students in the process of navigating UCAS decision-making with online resources, activities and live events, CenSCE have been supporting school leadership teams by facilitating participatory action learning themed around ‘Character in a time of crisis’. The team have been consulting with teachers to redesign primary and secondary provision to help meet the needs of young people on their return to school from September.

Younger children have been able to continue to participate in (and gain recognition for) extra-curricular learning via activity booklets and a new online platform, as part of the Children’s University scheme.

Uni4me enables online provision to reach more learners from widening access backgrounds and facilitates an evidence based approach to the development of online provision. Participation in the Uni4Me hub will be tracked to enable schools, colleges and universities to ensure that those who most need it are benefiting from the resources on offer.

The aim is to expand the activities on offer from Uni4Me over the next year and work with more partners from across educational sectors. NTU will continue to expand and update the resources available to students on Uni4Me to allow students to tailor the information to their needs.

David Woolley, Director of CenSCE at Nottingham Trent University said, “Recent gains in access and participation risk being swept away by Covid-19 and it is unlikely that traditional forms of outreach will be feasible in the near future.  It is therefore critical that widening participation provision adapts to the current situation and Uni4me is an important piece of this new provision.  Social Mobility is central to NTU’s mission and we are proud to be part of this initiative”.

The Director of NEON, Dr Graeme Atherton commented, “In the current circumstances ensuring higher education is available to all those who can benefit from it is now more important than ever. Uni4Me is a key platform to ensure outreach work can continue and we are proud to have NTU as one of the founding partners.”

To find out more about NTU’s approach to widening participation, click here to visit CenSCE’s webpage, or for more on Uni4me click here.

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students.

    NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was awarded University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019.

    A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2020 National Student Survey, above the sector average of 83%.

Nottingham Trent University is supporting new Uni4Me initiative to widen access to higher education

Published on 21 August 2020
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