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December 2017

9 reasons we're feeling grateful this Christmas...

It's been another positive year for IntoUniversity. 

Click here to find out what we've achieved with support from our partners in 2017. 

November 2017

New edition of aspire released

Edition 11 of our aspire newsletter is now available. In this issue: Founder and Chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts, Nick Wheeler, offers his insights on how to be a successful entrepreneur; and we celebrate 15 years of IntoUniversity. 

Read it here.

November 2017

Partnership Awards winners announced

We're delighted to reveal the winners of our inaugural Partnership Awards - click here to find out more.

Congratulations to all individuals and organisations who were nominated.

October 2017

IntoUniversity holds inaugural Partnership Awards

As a charity IntoUniversity works with many individuals and partner organisations who support our work and make it possible. This year we decided to recognise the contribution made by our partners across the country with the inaugural IntoUniversity Partnership Awards.

We received nominations for a broad range of organisations and individuals from across our network of centres - many congratulations to everyone who made it onto the shortlist.

If you'd like to see who was nominated, please click here.

Winners and commendations will be revealed next month. 

September 2017

IntoUniversity opens new centres in Clacton-on-Sea and Anfield 

We are pleased to announce that our new learning centres in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and Anfield, Liverpool will open this autumn.

Both will begin working with local young people in October, bringing the total number of IntoUniversity centres to 24.

Once established each new centre will work with 900 students every year.

To find out more about our Clacton and Anfield centres, please visit our centres page

September 2017

New Impact Report published 

We are delighted to release our 2017 Impact Report, demonstrating the work being done in IntoUniversity learning centres across the country.

Highlights from the report include our latest higher education progression figure: 75% of IntoUniversity school leavers achieved a university place in 2016, compared with the national average for pupils on Free School Meals (22% in 2014).

We're also pleased to share positive feedback from students, teachers and parents. After attending IntoUniversity programmes:

- 75% of our Academic Support students report improved grades
- 95% of teachers report that their students know more about university
- 90% of parents report that their child is more confident

You can download the full report here.

If you have any questions about our Impact Report please contact our Senior Data and Impact Manager Alex Quinn:

June 2017

IntoUniversity selected for BBC Lifeline Appeal

We were delighted to be selected for a BBC Lifeline Appeal for June 2017. Our Lifeline Appeal is presented by Tom Hollander and features interviews with young people and families who have benefitted from the IntoUniversity programme in London and Brighton.

Our Appeal first aired on on BBC One on Sunday 18th June 2017 at 4.30pm and is still available to watch online. 

If you'd like to watch our Appeal film, you can do so on the iPlayer website here

February 2017

Edition 10 of aspire published

The latest edition of our aspire newsletter has just been published, featuring an update on our exciting programme of 2017 challenge events and an interview with Richard Smith, CEO of Unite Students.

Read it here.

January 2017

IntoUniversity gold charity partner for Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2017

IntoUniversity is a gold charity partner for this year's Deloitte Ride Across Britain, an iconic bike ride from Cornwall to Scotland taking in 969 miles of stunning countryside. 

We have a limited number of charity places available for riders who would like to fundraise for IntoUniversity. These places are available at a reduced rate of £499 each. 

To find out more, please click here.


Press enquiries

Please contact Dr Hugh Rayment-Pickard at our Head Office on 020 7243 0242 or by email on

IntoUniversity in the news

Financial Times article in special report 'Architects of Meritocracy', December 2016

“We have to start early, it has to be relentless and for the long term,” says Hugh Rayment-Pickard, chief development officer at IntoUniversity, a social-mobility NGO that started in a deprived corner of west London in 2002 and has spread across seven British cities, helping 25,000 school pupils a year, many as young as seven. It has just opened its 22nd learning centre, in London’s Finsbury Park, an area with the third-highest level of child poverty in England.

Read the full article here.

Daily Telegraph article by Head Master of Westminster School and IntoUniversity Trustee Patrick Derham, October 2016

'Middle-class children are likely to get help and support from adults outside school, and aspire to higher education as a matter of course. When it comes to such “soft help”, many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds suffer by comparison. But there are charities, organisations such as IntoUniversity, which step in to bridge this gap in soft help. IntoUniversity’s innovative programme involves academic support and structured mentoring in the heart of communities where their work is most needed. This is having a real impact, and the Government would do well to heed its lessons.'

Read the full article here.

Daily Telegraph article on HM the Queen's visit to Lister Community School, March 2016

'Today the Queen was given a flavour of what the money will be used for when she met representatives of some of the charities chosen to benefit when she visited a school in east London. They include Teach First, which encourages top-achieving graduates to go into teaching before considering careers in industry; IntoUniversity, which gives children from deprived areas extra help in reaching further education, and the Prince’s Trust.'

Read the full article here.

Mail Online article on IntoUniveristy supporter Nick Wheeler, January 2016

'Nick Wheeler is raising money for the charity IntoUniversity, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds attain a place at university.'

Read the full article here.

Mail Online article on new fundraising platform Pledgit, December 2015

'Businessman Nick Wheeler, founder of shirt company Charles Tyrwhitt is also using the platform and will be personally matching up to £10,000 in donations for Into University, which helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds go on to higher education.'

Read the full article here.

Article on The Student Room website, August 2014, on Options 2014

'Options 2014, in students’ own words, helps us identify how the UK can better help young people in making the right decisions about higher education.'

Read the full article here.

The Observer editorial, 10th August 2013

'There is much more room for innovation and evaluation. More universities should be looking at how they can engage primary schools, given the importance of starting young: for example, the charity IntoUniversity provides academic support and mentoring to primary school children and takes them into universities to undertake projects and lessons.'

Read the full article here. 

Feature in Times Higher Education on our work with primary school students, June 2013

'At this age, childern have not created any negative conceptions of themselves ... We've had great success by working with them so early on because they are incredibly receptive to new ideas.'

Read the full article here

Feature in Times Higher Education on the lack of students awareness of university cost-benefit analysis, May 2013

'Hugh Rayment-Pickard, co-founder of IntoUniversity, a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in accessing university places, said it was vital to ensure that secondary pupils understood the long-term benefits of obtaining degrees.'

Read the full story here

Our Bristol Expansion Manager, Matilda Wallis, was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol ahead of the centre's launch. April 2013

The full interview can be listened to here at 2:20:30.

Feature on Europe1 Radio's Les carnets du monde, April 2013

Our French speaking supporters may be interested in this piece, which can be listened to here just after 1hr 2min. 

Article in The Guardian on using impact measurement to boost effectiveness, March 2013

'When an organisation builds impact measurement into job descriptions and includes the issue in staff inductions, there is a better chance that it will operate more effectively. This is the case at IntoUniversity, an award-winning London education charity that supports disadvantaged students to achieve their aspirations.'

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Feature in Corporate Financier on our work with Impetus Trust, March 2013

''With the new tranche of funding, and with no shortage of children in need of their service, the size of the operation is set to double.' 

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Article in The Guardian on Communicating Impact, 31st August 2012

'One charity that has grappled successfully with impact communication is IntoUniversity, which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain a university place.'

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Article in The Guardian in response to the Royal Wedding Gift Fund, 28th April 2011

'The [Royal] couple have asked wedding guests and members of the public to dip into their pockets to support 26 organisations that comprise the couple's charitable gift fund, covering a range of impeccably liberal causes such as mentally ill ex-servicemen, young offenders, former gang members, bullied youngsters, refugee students, homeless people, teenage drug addicts and children in care.'

Read the news story here...