Our Impact

The IntoUniversity programme can demonstrate evidence of

  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved chances of getting to university
  • Improved attitudes to learning

Read our Impact Report


How many of our students get to university?

We track the progress of our students after leaving school.  In 2015, 80% of IntoUniversity students progressed to university compared with the national average for maintained (state) schools of 34% in 2014. And our students (who come from disadvantaged backgrounds) do considerably better with our help than the national average for pupils on Free School Meals, which was 23% in 2014.


Social Return on Investment (SROI)

The charity conducted a Social Return on Investment calculation in 2010. The calculation for the Social Return on Investment for IntoUniversity was around 4.2 which means that for every £1 invested in IntoUniversity, £4.20 worth of social value is generated.


Award-winning Charity

2016

CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Winner in partnership with the University of Leeds

Shortlisted for the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards in partnership with UBS

Better Society Awards Winner in partnership with UBS

2015

Charity of the Year (Income £1m-£10m) at the Charity Times Awards 2015

Shortlisted for The Charity Awards in the Education and Training Category

Shortlisted for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year

Shortlisted for UCL Volunteering Organisation of the Year

2014

Highly Commended in Charity of the Year category (Income £1m-£5m) in the Charity Times Awards 2014

Commended for Widening Access Initiative of the Year at the NEON Awards 2014

2013

Shortlisted for the Children and Young People's Charity Award in the Children and Young People Now Awards 2013

Quality in Study Support Established Status for all our centres, 2013-2016

LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2013

The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Nominated Charity 2013

2012

London Education Partnerships Award 2012

2011

Charity Principal of the Year Award  in the Charity Times Awards 2011

The Children and Young People Now Learning Award 2011

The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund

2010

The Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal 2010

Charity of the Year Award in the Charity Times Awards 2010

Centre for Social Justice Award 2010

London Education Partnership Award 2010

2009 and earlier

London Education Partnership Award 2009

Higher Education Volunteering Award 2007

Quality in Study Support Advanced Status, IU North Kensington 2009-2012

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Approved Provider

External Evaluation

In 2007, The National Foundation for Educational Research conducted an evaluation of the IntoUniversity programme.  The NFER found that 'the IntoUniversity programme has a positive, transformational impact on children and young people'. Read the Executive Summary.

What Others Say

‘Impetus is proud to have backed IntoUniversity in its initial phase of growth from one to nine centres. Recognising the enormous further potential of the IntoUniversity model in addressing lack of aspiration and under achievement amongst young people from disadvantaged communities, we are delighted to now announce our largest ever single investment – a further £1million! This will help IntoUniversity achieve its ambitious growth objectives.’

Daniela Barone Soares
 
 

'IntoUniversity is one of the most impressive charities that NPC has analysed. It has an effective model, impressive management, and good evidence of its impact. Its finances are very strong and there are few risks to its core work.

The charity is right to be ambitious—the need is immense and organisations providing what it does few, and scattered. There is no reason, given the right funding mix, that the programme could not be rolled out into areas of deprivation and low educational attainment across the country.'

Find the full report on the NPC website.


'IntoUniversity has been one of the most exciting initiatives we have funded at the Sutton Trust.  We saw great potential in the organisation ten years ago, and we are delighted to have been its first friend and funder, supporting its evaluation and providing strategic funding to enable it to grow.  It is testament to the strength of the model – as well as the professionalism and vision of Rachel Carr and Hugh Rayment-Pickard and other staff and trustees – that IntoUniversity now has ten centres and has expanded beyond London.  

Its holistic approach to raising the aspirations and achievement of low income youngsters is exactly what is needed to address our shamefully low level of social mobility. The need for IntoUniversity is as pressing as ever and I wish them every success for the future.'

Sir Peter Lampl

Chairman – The Sutton Trust

Chairman – The Education Endowment Foundation


Why not read our testimonials to find out more about the impact we make on young people?