News archive 2011

Gary Barlow Concert

December 2011

IntoUniversity were delighted to be invited to a Gary Barlow concert held at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and The Prince's Trust. Sophie (15) from IU North Kensington and Karen (17) from IU Hackney South were honoured to have the opportunity to meet The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the interval, and to share with them their experiences of IU.

Santa Fun Run 2011

December 2011

Seven intrepid IntoUniversity staff members set off on the 5km Santa Fun Run at Greenwich Park on Sunday December 4th, and all made it back in one piece! The team joined hundreds of other Santas raising money for charity on the frosty winter's morning, but were the only group who managed to run the whole course carrying the 5ft blade banner aloft! Thanks to our runners for taking part, and to everyone who has sponsored them and helped raise money for IntoUniversity.

IU wins Children and Young People Now Award

November 2011

We are thrilled to announce that IntoUniversity has won The Children & Young People Awards 2011 Learning Award. The award recognises IU's contribution to improving educational achievement, particularly the work we do with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children with special educational needs.

IU CEO wins Charity Times Award

October 2011

We are very proud to announce that Dr Rachel Carr, CEO of IU, has won the Charity Times Award 2011 for Charity Principal of the Year. The award recognises Rachel's outstanding leadership and management skills in the running of our charity.

Judges said: “Inspirational leadership, dedication, professionalism and a personal touch are evident as the charity continues to really expand at an impressive rate.”

Congratulations, Rachel!

IUNK at the Notting Hill Carnival!

August 2011

The team at IU North Kensington took part in the Notting Hill Carnival parade on Sunday 28th August with a group of young people. The students chose the theme ‘Be the Spice – the Music is Right!’ and enjoyed a range of activities including steel pan workshops, soca dance, choreography and calypso song-writing in the run up to the main event. All of the young people looked fabulous in their costumes on the day of the parade, and for some it was their first public performance!

An exciting new partnership

July 2011

We're really excited to be joining forces with The University of Nottingham to launch three new centres over the next three years in the city.

Find out more about the new partnership here.

IU Mentoring Graduation

June 2011


The annual IU Mentoring Graduation took place on a sunny Saturday in June. Around 250 IU mentors, mentees, family members, supporters and staff attended the day, which included activities such as Origami and Taekwondo.

After a delicious BBQ, the mentoring pairs were presented with a certificate and given the opportunity to have a ‘Graduation Photo’. Congratulations to our team for puttting on such a fantastic event, and especially to our mentoring pairs for all their achievements over the past year!

The IU mentoring programme will begin again in September 2011. Find out more about volunteering as a mentor here.

The Superheroes Fun Run 2011

May 2011

fundraise for charity

IntoUniversity had around 30 people taking part in the Superheroes Run in Regents Park, including lots of volunteers from White Stuff and their families. Bartek, one of our past students who is now studying Law at Kingston, ran with two of his friends, and collectively they raised nearly £500! And Bella, who at age 6 must be our youngest ever fundraiser, raised well over £1000 in sponsorship – and she looked pretty tired by the end of it all! Thanks to all who took part, and to those who came and supported the runners.

IU Bow meet Jon Snow!

April 2011

Jon Snow

A group of secondary students took part in a ‘Stage & Screen’ FOCUS Week with IntoUniversity Bow.

Activities included a radio drama workshop, a set design workshop, a tour of RADA and a graduation at UCL, as well as a visit to the Channel 4 news studio, where the students met Jon Snow and Nina Hussein!

Jon Snow tweeted to his followers (all 68,000 of them) about the event the next day, saying @IntoUniversity a fabulous crew of eager youngsters visited our studios yesterday: they are being enticed to think University [is] for them”

Congratulations to the Bow team for putting together such a great week.

IntoUniversity chosen by Royal Wedding couple

March 2011

Prince William and Miss Middleton have set up a charitable gift fund for those who very generously may wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their wedding.  Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund. IntoUniversity is delighted to have been chosen by the Royal couple as one of the 26 charities they wish to see supported in this way.

Donations can be made to

Download our full press release here.

IntoUniversity achieves QISS recognition

February 2011


The IntoUniversity team had much to celebrate when the Lambeth, Bow and Brent centres achieved Quality in Study Support (QiSS) recognition (Emerged).

QISS has developed quality assurance frameworks for Study Support and Extended Services. Achievement of these quality marks demonstrates excellence in a variety of areas. The report from QiSS stated that "IntoUniversity has a clear ethos, a strong set of values and a rounded service of provision. All staff clearly ‘live’ the values and volunteers are used effectively and committed to the programme."

IntoUniversity North Kensington has already achieved Advanced QiSS recognition.

Guardian Appeal raises £311,000

January 2011

We were delighted to hear that The Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal has raised over £311,000 for its ten chosen charities. We are incredibly grateful to New Philanthropy Capital and The Guardian for selecting IntoUniversity, and of course to all those who donated.