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Advancing Access

Advancing Access


About Advancing Access

Advancing Access is a partnership between 24 leading universities working with schools and colleges to support students’ progression to leading universities. This is done through the provision of free high-quality resources, online and offline CPD conferences, CPD sessions delivered in schools and colleges, and a regularly updated blog. We support teachers and careers advisers to guide young people who are making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.


Advancing Access was established as part of the National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme which was an initiative of what was then called the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This aimed to encourage more young people into higher education.

The project was set up to complement and add value to the work of NNCO by identifying a particular issue – progression to leading universities. We therefore aim to provide specific support to schools and colleges with lower levels of progression to the highly selective universities. Advancing Access was launched as a pilot under the NNCO scheme in September 2016.

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch with the Advancing Access team, please either complete the form below or you can email on enquiries@advancingaccess.ac.uk.

Alternatively, you can also call on 0115 74 84775 from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday.

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