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Young people from Britain’s poorest backgrounds face considerable educational disadvantage. They do far less well at school, are unlikely to go to university, and have little chance of entering the professions. It's harder to get into university if you're the first in your family to attempt it.

IntoUniversity strives to raise the aspirations and improve the life chances of those children and young people most vulnerable to educational failure. IntoUniversity operates its programme from 21 local learning centres based in the heart of disadvantaged communities where young people live. As of the 2015-16 academic year, the charity is present in seven UK cities: London, Leeds, Brighton, Nottingham, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton. Each local IntoUniversity centre offers an innovative programme that supports young people from underprivileged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. This programme consists of after-school Academic Support sessions, one-to-one Mentoring with university student or corporate volunteers, and specially-designed study weeks and days in partnership with universities or corporate associates (the FOCUS programme).

The impact of the charity is clear. In 2014 and 2015, 79% of their Year 13 students achieved a university place, compared to 23% of Free School Meal students nationally. In the 2014-15 academic year the charity worked with their largest number of beneficiaries to date, over 21,000. 

For more information about IntoUniversity please visit their website: Alternatively you can contact Hannah Thomas, Fundraising Officer, at, or call 020 72430242.