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April 2019

Introducing our new Chair of Trustees


We are delighted to announce that Oliver Haarmann has been appointed as Chair of Trustees of IntoUniversity. 
After initially joining the charity’s Advisory Panel in 2011, Oliver has been a Trustee of IntoUniversity since 2013. Oliver has enjoyed a successful career in the investment industry as a Founding Partner of Searchlight Capital and, previously, as a Partner of KKR, the global investment firm.
Oliver comments: “I look forward to collaborating even more closely with the Senior Management Team and everyone involved with IntoUniversity at such an important time in the evolution of the charity. I hope that in the coming years IntoUniversity continues to attract fantastic educators - staff, mentors, volunteers and school partners - who are passionate about working with students whose curiosity and efforts lead them to discover more about the world and their own capabilities to make a positive impact on it.”
Dr Rachel Carr, CEO and Co-Founder of IntoUniversity, said, “I am delighted to share the news of this appointment with our supporters. Oliver has been a valued member of the Board of Trustees over the last six years and we look forward to him now leading the charity as we go forward to support even more young people in the future.”
See our press release here


April 2019

New edition of aspire out now

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

After reaching two huge milestones for IntoUniversity, working with our 100,000th student and reaching our 30th learning centre, we are reflecting on why the IntoUniversity model works, and looking to the future! We meet six of the 100,000 students we have worked with since 2002, catching up on their achievements and their hopes for a bright new future.

Click here to read aspire


March 2019

IntoUniversity launches new centres in Manchester and Coventry


We're delighted to announce that IntoUniversity has officially launched two new learning centres: IntoUniversity Manchester North and IntoUniversity Coventry, in partnership with The University of Manchester and The University of Warwick. Both centres opened in October 2018 and will be working with these two communities to raise students' aspirations.  

IntoUniversity has now reached 30 centres or extension projects across the UK - a landmark achievement! Visit our blog for highlights from both launches. 



November 2018

Statement from social mobility charity CEOs in response to proposals for changes to higher education funding

“Britain’s deep social mobility problem, for this generation of young people in particular, is getting worse not better.” – Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation Report 2017.

Higher education (HE) should be a route open to all young people, irrespective of background. But we have a big and persistent social mobility problem in the UK: young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are half as likely to progress to HE as their peers.

Widening participation funding exists to help close this gap. This funding is vital to the work that we – alongside universities, the Office for Students and others – do to support young people from under-represented groups to progress to, and succeed in, HE. This funding is now in question.

Our request to government

Irrespective of what fee regime the review opts for, we call on the government to protect widening participation funding, while building on momentum around spending it effectively

We urge the government to avoid adding complexity to the higher education funding landscape and to ensure that all students have the information, advice and guidance they need to make good choices in HE

We urge the government to increase the amount of maintenance support available to young people, for instance by restoring maintenance grants, so that university is affordable for everyone

We urge the government not to impose a cap on student numbers


We are concerned by reports that the government’s review of post-18 education funding is considering measures which could have a detrimental effect on social mobility.


• The current student loan system is progressive as no fees are paid up front and loans are paid back contingent to income. Cutting fees to £6,500 would benefit higher earning graduates the most, as they would pay back less of the cost of their education than they do now. Addressing the cost of living, for example by restoring maintenance grants, would be a better way to encourage more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access HE.

Unless protected, a cut in fees to £6,500 could eliminate almost all the widening participation funding designed to close the access gap. This is because universities are currently required to spend a proportion of the fee income they receive if they charge fees above that amount on widening participation activities. Universities have already indicated that if fees are cut, they are unlikely to be able to fund their widening participation programmes. Clear arrangements for funding widening participation activity will be needed to replace this lost fee income.

In his speech on social mobility earlier this year, Secretary of State for Education Damien Hinds reminded us that “universities expect to spend £860 million to improve access and success for disadvantaged students, this is a lot of money and it needs to be spent well.”

We agree. The fact that millions are earmarked for poorer communities and students for whom university has not historically been an option is a seldom talked about good news story for the government. This money is being spent increasingly effectively, with better evaluation, an improved regulatory framework and the forthcoming evidence and impact exchange all adding to our ability to put these funds to good use.

As charities involved in access, we rigorously measure our impact and we know that our programmes are getting thousands of young people into and through HE who would not otherwise have had this opportunity. Now is not the time for government to turn its back on the funding we need to do this.

Irrespective of what fee regime the review opts for, we call on the government to protect widening participation funding, while building on the momentum around spending it effectively.

• Differential fees would add another level of complexity to student choices in a HE landscape that is already complicated. Students from poorer backgrounds are less likely to receive the advice and guidance they need to make good choices about their course, and we believe there is a real risk that students from disadvantaged backgrounds could choose courses based purely on price, as opposed to the value they might deliver for them.

We urge the government to avoid adding complexity to the higher education funding landscape and to ensure that all students have the information, advice and guidance they need to make good choices in HE.

• The affordability of university is a significant concern for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The current level of maintenance support is not sufficient to cover students’ living costs and contributions from parents to make up this gap are seldom an option for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We urge the government to increase the amount of maintenance support available to young people, for instance by restoring maintenance grants, so that university is affordable for everyone.

• A cap on the number of people going to university is a regressive measure which would hit disadvantaged students the hardest. These young people are less likely to apply, less likely to get in and less likely to graduate. A cap would also be bad for business and risks hampering our global competitiveness. The global trend is for countries to send more young people to university, not fewer.

We urge the government not to impose a cap on student numbers.


Andrew Berwick, CEO, The Access Project

Anand Shukla, CEO, Brightside

Julie Randles, CEO, Causeway Education

Andy Ratcliffe, CEO, Impetus-PEF

Rachel Carr, CEO, IntoUniversity

John Craven, CEO, upReach



July 2018

New edition of aspire out now

As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we're excited to announce that the summer edition of our aspire newsletter is now available. 

This special edition of aspire looks at research carried out for IntoUniversity by OC&C Strategy Consultants on our future strategy and potential for expansion in the UK. 

Click here to read aspire.


March 2018

New edition of aspire out now

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

Issue 12 features interviews with IntoUniversity supporters from a range of sectors, including some of our amazing Civil Service Fast Stream volunteers, and a Q&A with Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation. 

Thank you to all of our contributors for making this edition possible. 

Click here to read aspire


February 2018

IntoUniversity launches new Liverpool centre

We're delighted to announce that on Tuesday 20 February we held the official launch of our new centre in North Liverpool in partnership with the University of Liverpool and the LFC Foundation. 

Click here to find out more about our new partnership in Liverpool. 

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 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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