Our history

The first IntoUniversity centre opened in 2002 as a local, neighbourhood response to young people who were leaving school with few qualifications.

In 2007, with support from The Sutton Trust and visionary philanthropists, IntoUniversity was established and we immediately started scaling up, rolling out new centres in high-need London communities.

In 2011, we launched our first centres beyond London in Bristol and Nottingham.

In 2019, with a network of 30 centres, we devised a more focussed growth plan based on a national mapping of ‘cold-spots’ where poverty and poor educational opportunities were conspiring to keep young people trapped in poverty.

In 2021, through a ground-breaking collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, we opened three centres in Scotland: two in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

We now operate 35 centres and extension projects in 18 towns and cities across England and Scotland. Our next milestone is reaching 50 centres by 2026.

Find out more about our centres