About us

About us

Who are Next Steps South West, and what is Uni Connect?

Uni Connect

Next Steps South West is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students. Uni Connect is a national network of hubs across England which offer impartial advice, guidance and activities on the benefits and realities of higher education in college and university.   




NSSW Target Schools

Target groups and schools and colleges identified by the Office for Students (OfS) represent pupils that have the ability to progress on to higher education, though are unlikely to due to factors such as no one in their family having been before. Target schools and pupils are based on the Office for Students’ POLAR3 and Gaps classification. For further information, click here.




Breaking Barriers

By working closely with target schools and colleges, we tackle the barriers and misconceptions surrounding HE and accessibility, while raising aspirations. You can view our Progression Framework here.

Building upon the success of the National Network for Collaborative Outreach Programme (NNCO) and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), Next Steps South West is comprised of fourteen universities and colleges across the region.

Together, we take an impartial approach to the effective delivery of outreach provision in the region in order to improve the life chances of young people from disadvantaged areas in the South West.

Click on a university or college to interact

More information on the work and activities we do with schools and colleges can be found here.

Video: The data we collect and how we use it. 

To find out more about what we’ve been up to recently, take a look at our newsletter.

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