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About Us

Helping students make informed decisions about higher education.

Who are Next Steps South West?

Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. We are funded by the Office for Students (OfS).

Click on the map below to enlarge and find out more about our partners.

As part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect Programme, we help young people and adult learners navigate their own personal journey to higher education. Across the region, we deliver events and activities designed to educate and inspire young people aged 14-19 years old, FE students aged 19+, and those that influence them, such as teachers, tutors, parents and carers.

The NSSW Team works directly with target schools and colleges, and engages in strategic outreach with regional partners. This is complemented by the resources and information on our website. We also signpost to other websites with current, relevant information that can help with decisions on career choices, and how to pursue them.

Target schools and pupils

NSSW targeted outreach focusses on those who have the ability to progress into higher education, but who live in areas where HE progression is lower than average. This is based on the Office for Students’ POLAR3 and Gaps classification. For further information on this, click here.

NSSW works with target schools and colleges where we deliver sustained and progressive outreach, according to the NSSW Progression Framework. Events and activities available for our target schools and colleges can be accessed here.

The NSSW Evaluation and Communications strategies detail how NSSW fulfils OfS requirements in these areas to support the outreach programme.

Get in touch

If you are a non-target school or you have a question and would like to find out more about Next Steps South West, please feel free to Get in Touch.


Our Unibuddy platform allows students to chat with NSSW staff.

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