IntoUniversity's 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner
On 15th November we kicked off our 10th Anniversary Year with a Gala Dinner at the Museum of London, the highlight of which was a Live Auction hosted by Lord Dalmeny of Sotheby's. The event was a fantastic success and to date we have raised over £200,000 - more than double our target! Thank you so much to our Gala committee and volunteers who put so much hard work into ensuring everything went without a hitch, and to all of our guests for joining us in celebrating this milestone.
IntoUniversity wins London Education Partnership Award
We were delighted to win the London Education Partnership Award 'Starting the journey: raising aspirations in primary school pupils' on 21st June. Congratulations to the other award winners on the night, especially our partners BSixCollege, Hackney Community College, The Citi Foundation and The Brightside Trust.
IU Mentoring Graduation 2012
On 16th June, we celebrated our annual Mentoring Graduation. IU mentors, mentees, family members, supporters and staff came along to celebrate, taking part in activities such as Origami and jewellery making.
After a delicious BBQ, the mentoring pairs were presented with a certificate and given the opportunity to have a ‘Graduation Photo’ taken. Congratulations to our team for puttting on such a fantastic event, and especially to our mentoring pairs for all their achievements over the past year!
The IU mentoring programme will begin again in September 2012. Find out more about volunteering as a mentor here.
IU Students watch the Diamond Jubilee Concert
On Monday 4th June, students from across IU's centres went to the Diamond Jubilee Concert in Hyde Park. They had a wonderful time watching Jesse J, Elton John, Madness et al perform their sets to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. 'It was an amazing experience,' said Stephanie, a mentee from Brent, 'I really liked Shirely Bassey and Madness.' Thank you to The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry for donating the tickets.
Students from IU Haringey visit the Houses of Parliament
On Friday 25th May, students from IU Haringey North visited the Houses of Parliament. They took a fascinating tour of the historic building, and had a Q & A session with David Lammy MP, which he tweeted about! Many thanks to David Lammy for taking the time to speak to our students.
UNITE's new report on the worth of a university degree
This fascinating new research from our partner UNITE Student Housing shows that a university degree is still very much worth the investment in time and money.
Aubelia and Jon run the Virgin London Marathon!
A huge congratulations to Aubelia Louedin and Jon Slate for running the Virgin London Marathon on April 22nd in aid of IntoUniversity! They both trained incredibly hard, completing the race in impressive times and raising a significant amount for IU. We are so grateful for their support- well done to you both!
Read Jon's blogpost here.
The Opening of IU Hammersmith
We are delighted to announce that IU Hammersmith is now officially open! The launch took place on Thursday 22nd March and was a great success. Nearly 50 students took part in the evening, and allowed guests to see what the centre will offer to local children. We were honoured that the Archbishop of Canterbury could visit IU Hammersmith and cut the ribbon. He spoke of how impressed he was by the work of IntoUniversity, saying:
'IntoUniversity is a fantastic scheme and it tells people what they need to hear: that university really is for everybody, that you can make it what you choose to make it and you can't start too soon. This is a wonderful door-opening opportunity – I feel very privileged to be here this evening, and to be able to have some small part in giving you every blessing on this wonderful enterprise.'
Read an article about the opening of IU Hammersmith and the recently completed renovation of St Andrew's Church in The Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle.
The Opening of IU Nottingham West
The opening of IU Nottingham West, IntoUniversity’s first centre outside of London, took place on Monday 27th February at the Hope Centre. The event was a real success, with a brilliant turn-out. Guests included staff from The David Ross Foundation (sponsors of the Nottingham Potential campaign), The University of Nottingham, IU Trustees and staff from IntoUniversity’s Head Office. As guests mingled, primary and secondary students from Academic Support took part in activities throughout the evening. Staff from The University of Nottingham helped students explore a range of archaeological activities, including mosaic making and playing Roman board games. Secondary students continued with their homework, supported by IntoUniversity volunteers.
There were some wonderful speeches made by two of IntoUniversity's Academic Support students: Sophie Clifford Turley aged 7 and Rebecca Armstrong aged 18. Inspiring speeches were also made by James Lambert, Chair of IntoUniversity Board of Trustees; Professor James Greenaway, the Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, and David Ross of The David Ross foundation.
Read the article that appeared in The Nottingham Post.
A story focusing on The David Laws Foundation's investment into the Nottingham Potential campaign (which funds IU Nottingham) appeared in The Sunday Times, however you will need to be a subscriber to The Sunday Times to view this.
Our Virgin London Marathon 2012 Runners
We are so pleased to introduce to you Aubelia Louedin and Jon Slate, who will both be running the Virgin London Marathon 2012 for IntoUniversity. The marathon takes place on Sunday April 22nd, and we are looking forward to cheering them on! Why not visit their fundraising pages and show your support.
New Partnership with UNITE
IntoUniversity is excited to be beginning a new partnership with UNITE, the UK’s leading developer and manager of student accommodation. UNITE has launched a charitable trust, the UNITE Foundation, that will support widening access to university for disadvantaged young people and the integration of students within communities. In addition to significant funding, IntoUniversity will benefit from volunteer engagement by UNITE employees.
The UNITE Foundation will also be offering 21 bursaries, with a priority on care leavers, which will include free accommodation in a UNITE property for the duration of study and up to £4,000 per year towards living expenses. It is UNITE’s ambition to extend the number of bursaries offered each year so that by 2016 they are supporting 140 students within the scheme.
Read the blog post here.
New IntoUniversity Films!
We are very pleased to share with you two brand new films about IU! Take a look at the work we do with primary schools and secondary schools and hear the views of teachers on what it's like to work with IntoUniversity and how our programmes make a difference to young people's lives.
Dr Rachel Carr made OBE
We are delighted to announce that our CEO Dr Rachel Carr has been made an OBE. This richly deserved award recognises her services to Education. Read the article published in The Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle.
“I am surprised and delighted to receive this honour and it feels very special that it comes at the start of the year which sees the 10th anniversary of the founding of IntoUniversity.
It’s also really positive for my staff – they are all incredibly dedicated to our charity’s mission of raising young people’s aspirations and I think this honour reflects everything we have achieved.”
Dr Rachel Carr, Chief Executive, IntoUniversity
Many congratualtions, Rachel!