News archive: 2010


IntoUniversity selected for Guardian Christmas Appeal

December 2010

IntoUniversity was delighted to be chosen as part of The Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal 2010. The appeal, which is raising money for 10 charitable organisations that improve the lives of the most vulnerable young people in the UK, was launched in last Saturday’s paper, and IntoUniversity was the first charity to be featured.

The appeal received 340 applications, and the successful charities were chosen based on evidence of high impact, innovation and quality.

The article covered the stories of three of our most successful students, Sadiya, Bartek and Akram – all of whom felt ‘lost’ in the educational system before they came to IntoUniversity for support. Read the article

IU Chief Exec celebrated as 'Influential Londoner'

November 2010

Dr Rachel Carr, Chief Executive of IntoUniversity, has been named as one of the 1000 most Influential Londoners by the Evening Standard. The list covers areas such as Law, Media, Property and Education. The panel commented:

"Starting with primary school age children, her charity works to boost the number of disadvantaged children going to university and is active in six of London's tougher boroughs. A former university lecturer, Carr's mission is to provide poorer students with the opportunities that many middle class students take for granted."

IntoUniversity launches a brand new website

October 2010

IntoUniversity is proud to unveil a brand new website! The team has worked hard on the new design, layout and figures. Thanks are very much due to graphic designer and IntoUniversity supporter, Matthew Davies, who worked tirelessly on the design templates. The charity would also like to thank Ed Shamwana from Great Business Websites for delivering a content management system that suited our needs, and suffering our endless questions. Thanks are also due to photographers Tony Hay and John Cairns

The whole team is very excited to have the opportunity to keep our followers up to date with what’s happening at IntoUniversity.

IU Breakfast Seminar: 'Unleashing Aspiration'

October 2010

We held another successful breakfast seminar, hosted by our partners, UBS. Our speakers were Dr Louise Gazeley from the University of SussexDr Simon Griffiths from Goldsmith's College, University of London and Prof Eeva Leinonen, Vice-Principal at King's College London.

To find out more about the interesting discussion that ensued, please visit the IntoUniversity Blog.

Our next seminar will take place in January 2011, and we’ll be discussing the arguments for and against introducing WP programmes to primary school students.

The IntoUniversity Challenge

September 2010

We were delighted to host our very first ‘IntoUniversity Challenge’ on September 30th 2010. We welcomed 120 guests to St James’ Church to feast on a delicious picnic, compete in a general knowledge quiz, and raise money for IU by bidding on some fabulous auction prizes and buying raffle tickets. Ayisha Adedeji, star of our promotional video, made a surprise guest appearance to speak about how IntoUniversity has helped her on her journey through university, and we also heard from two current students at the North Kensington Centre – Hibba and Deloney. 


Quiz winners, ‘The Challengers’, took home a Jeroboam of champagne – but the real winners were definitely the children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who benefited from the amazing generosity of the guests. Huge thanks must go to everyone who supported us; we raised over £75,000!

IntoUniversity is 'Charity of the Year'

September 2010

award-winning charity

Clare Richards, IU Trustee, Zoe Cox, IU Director of Operations and Ruby Wax

We are delighted to announce that IntoUniversity was named 'Charity of the Year (with an income of less than £1m)' at the Charity Times Awards Ceremony in September.

The Charity Times Awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence in the management and co-ordination of all charitable activities.

The judging panel, which represented the leading figures in the UK Charity Sector, remarked: “The winner showed a high level of dynamism and substantial evidence of impact.”

Our Trustee, Clare Richards and our Director of Operations, Zoe Cox, attended the lavish ceremony to receive our award, presented by Ruby Wax. We're overjoyed to have won, bringing us to a total of three awards this year!

You can read more about the award here.

Centre for Social Justice Awards, 2010

July 2010

award-winning charity

Samantha Bailey, IU Development Officer, Hugh Rayment-Pickard, IU Director of Communications, Rachel Carr, IU Chief Executive and Roger Thompson, JP Morgan Asset Management

IntoUniversity has had its work recognised and celebrated with an award from the Centre for Social Justice. Last night's award ceremony was a glittering event with Jemima Khan and Sir Bob Geldof in attendance. The award came with £10,000 of funding. We were particularly pleased that our award was sponsored by JP Morgan, who have provided strategic funding to IntoUniversity for several years.

You can watch a video from the event here.

Our first breakfast seminar on 'The Economics of Underachievement'

July 2010

We held our very first Breakfast Seminar in July 2010 on the topic of ‘The Economics of Underachievement’, bringing together economists, researchers, media and more. We welcomed three speakers – Dr Jo Blanden from the University of Surrey, Andrew Dilnot, principal of St Hugh’s College, and Dr Lee Elliot-Major from The Sutton Trust.

The discussion was an interesting, and sometimes controversial one. Read more about it on the IntoUniversity Blog, and watch a video clip of our speakers.

London Education Partnership Awards

June 2010

award-winning charity

We were really excited to win a London Education Partnership Award, in the ‘Building Bridges’ category.

The judges were looking for a strategic and systematic approach to higher education progression, effective cross-organisational curriculum partnerships and widened participation for non-traditional higher education entrants. We were also runners-up for three other categories: “Supporting Journeys”, “Reaching out” and “Starting the Journey”.

IntoUniversity celebrates the achievements of its Mentoring Pairs

June 2010

Mentoring pairs, families, staff and friends of IntoUniversity gathered in the North Kensington Centre on a (sort of) sunny afternoon in June to celebrate the Mentoring Programme 2009/10.  Around 200 people attended the party, making it the biggest IU graduation event ever! The queue for the BBQ was certainly a sight to behold.

The mentoring pairs wrote on the graffiti wall, sampled one another’s delicious desserts, made their own films and generally had a jolly good time. All mentors and mentees were presented with certificates, and some pairs from across the centres spoke to the audience about their experiences.

The new IU Blog is launched!

June 2010


We've launched a new blog which shares our thoughts, experiences and observations on widening participation, social mobility, the impact of IU and much, much more.

Join the discussion, share your comments and invite other interested parties in your network to do the same.

It's an IntoUniversity Knockout!

June 2010

fundraising for charity

Our new Charity partners, White Stuff, invited members of the IU team along to an ‘It’s a Knockout’ Challenge alongside its Head Office staff. The White Stuff staff members fundraised in teams before the event and raised an amazing £17,000+ for IntoUniversity!

IU Hackney South launches in style

February 2010

underachievement in Hackney

On Tuesday 23rd February, staff, Trustees, students, representatives from universities, corporate funders and educational partners gathered in our centre at IntoUniversity Hackney South to celebrate not only the opening of our sixth centre in London, but the completion of our first business plan.

Cutting the red tape was David Willetts MP. He remarked, “It’s great to hear about the plans that these young people already have… types of institutions like this provide young people with the support they need; and I hope that IntoUniversity continues to thrive."

Some of the students spoke about their experiences at the centre since it opened its doors in January. Dante Julien, a Year 5 pupil from Queensbridge Primary School, told the audience “When I’m older I want to be a lawyer- I know that IntoUniversity can help me get there!”

David Lammy MP opens IU Haringey North

January 2010

underachievement in Haringey

On Thursday 21st January, our staff and Trustees came together to launch our 5th IU centre in Haringey. Guests included representatives from Haringey council, Birkbeck College, local schools and David Lammy MP, who cut the red tape. He said: “There are some moments that remind me why I got into politics in the first place – this is one of them”.

Some students spoke to the audience about their experiences at IntoUniversity so far. Angellisa Robinson, a Year 8 student from St Anne’s High School told the audience “I decided to join because I thought it would help me have an even better education. I like coming to the centre because I have enjoyed learning about the importance of university and I get help with homework I don’t understand. Coming here has helped me to achieve a lot”. She ended her speech with her own poem entitled ‘Belief’.