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April 2020

New edition of aspire out now

We're delighted to announce that the latest edition of our aspire newsletter is now available.

In this, our latest edition of aspire, we talk about how IntoUniversity students and their families are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether through a lack of access to online learning or a suitable study space, and how IntoUniversity staff are working to support and safeguard them. We also hear from Alex, our Head of Data and Impact, about how we’ve adjusted our impact measurement, and from John, our Head of Development, about this new funding challenge.

Click here to read aspire.


March 2020

Sir Lenny Henry launches IntoUniversity Birmingham North

On 3rd March 2020, we launched our 31st centre and extension project, IntoUniversity Birmingham North, with special guest Sir Lenny Henry. The new centre, in partnership with Birmingham City University, is also IntoUniversity’s first arts-themed centre. It will stimulate children’s understanding and enthusiasm for a wide range of subjects to ensure more young people in the area go on to study at university.

Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University, formally launched the centre at the special event in where students spoke about their IntoUniversity experience so far as well as their hopes for the future, and Dr. Rachel Carr thanked local schools and families for welcoming the centre into the community.

Read local coverage of the event here.


January 2020

The Impact Map

IntoUniversity has commissioned the UK's leading data visualisation company, Furthr, to construct an innovative data visualisation microsite: The Impact Map. The Impact Map displays our impact in a clear, engaging way, that allows stakeholders to interact with, and interrogate, our data and find out more about the students and communities we support.

Press enquiries

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

IntoUniversity in the news

Coventry Observer article on a Primary FOCUS graduation at the University of Warwick celebrating the first anniversary of IntoUniversity Coventry, January 2020

Centre Manager Rebecca Ward said: “We know from research that it is never too early to introduce young learners to the idea of university. FOCUS week is one of the most intense parts of the work we do with primary school pupils. They learn about one topic in depth, as you would at university, and present their findings to their peers. They even prepare an academic-style poster to show what they have discovered.

“Being based in Hillfields we’re in the heart of the community – we hope to be the bridge between the community and the university, encouraging young people to aspire to university and giving them the support they need to achieve a place.”

Read the full article here.

The Oxford Magazine article by Treasurer of Christ Church, Oxford, James Lawrie, October 2019

The success of the Blackbird Leys Centre is tangible. Over the past 5 years 68% of school leavers applying from the centre have secured a university place, principally at Oxford Brookes, Coventry and Birmingham. Moreover, more than 3,000 young people have been supported in some way by the centre and 1,370 have visited an Oxford college or the University for a range of events.

Birmingham Press article on the anouncement of our first centre in Birmingham, August 2019

Professor Clare Mackie, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “This new partnership is a real milestone for us. Providing increased access to education can make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people in our city. We are proud that the centre, which will be based in the heart of the community in Kingstanding, will allow access to free services and create opportunities which IntoUniversity have had such great success providing in other parts of the country. This centre is the perfect focus for us to take our creativity and expertise out to our community.”

Read the full article here.

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 IntoUniversity 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.'

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