Responding to comments by the Education Policy Institute on widening access to higher education, Justin Smith, Future First Chief Executive Officer, said;
‘The report finds that while an increasing number of young people have progressed to higher education in recent years, the gap in access between poorer and more affluent students remains stark.
‘Future First partners with the Office for Students’ funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in eight regions from Cumbria to the South West where higher education participation is lower than might be expected.
‘Through these partnerships, we have worked with 217 schools and colleges to build sustainable alumni communities, signing up former students from a diverse range of career pathways. 792 graduate alumni actively volunteered in varied events and workshops to encourage the current generation to become more confident and better equipped to go on to university.
‘By acting as relatable role models, alumni prove to today’s students that they can succeed, regardless of their background.’