WHAT WE DO
Who we are
Aimhigher London South is a limited company working to ensure fair access to Higher Education for young people from non-traditional backgrounds.
Aimhigher London South is part of a HEFCE funded programme called ‘National Collaborative Outreach Programme’ (NCOP).
We do this by linking schools, colleges, universities, education providers and employers together to work effectively.
We are a single point of contact to help teachers in schools and colleges to find out about higher education outreach activity in the London South area and we provide general advice about progression into higher education.
Why we do what we do
Our overall aims echo the National Strategy for Access and Student Success published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: ‘everyone who has the potential and ambition to succeed in higher education should have equal opportunity and support to do so, regardless of background, family income or disability’.
For further evidence of how our work fits into the wider picture see below:
In an unprecedented climate of change for education as many schools convert to Academy status, FE Colleges lose the support of the EMA and Universities increase their tuition fees there has never been a more crucial time for education institutions to work together to ensure young people are well informed about their own progression routes. Aimhigher London South offers that platform for collaborative working.
We offer the following services:
See our activities page for more information.
We work with our partner schools and colleges to identify key groups of students: those with the potential to succeed from areas of low participation in Higher Education, gifted & Talented cohorts, students with Specific Learning Difficulties, Looked After students and Vocational learners. Having identified their needs and requirements we then link groups of students to appropriate activities delivered by universities, colleges, other educational providers and employers.
We approach universities to explore if a particular university activity is of interest. We also meet with you to ensure that you are prepared appropriately to enable the activity envisaged has maximum impact on the learners and their development. The examples of the kinds of activities include, ambassador work, summer schools, e-mentoring and vocational tasters with colleges or universities.
Aimhigher facilitates progressive programmes of activities as well as undertaking further research into a number of emerging themes with a view to identifying: the efficacy and impact of specific workshops within events for collaborative projects, the impact of the overall event on the participating students and patterns of responses that lead to further research. We have developed systems for measuring the attitude of learners, identifying the factors that support improving the attainment of learners and their progression.
We provide the opportunity for schools, colleges and university partners to come together impartially to exchange ideas and share good practice.