News archive: 2015

December 2015

Seventh edition of aspire published

Edition 7 of our termly newsletter aspire is out now, featuring interviews with IntoUniversity Brighton student Scott Bradrick and comedian and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Click here to find out more. 

December 2015

IntoUniversity features on new fundraising platform Pledgit

IntoUniversity is delighted to be one of the first charities to feature on new fundraising platform Pledgit, which encourages fundraisers to put forward their own money to support the causes they care about, matching the donations they receive. 

IntoUniversity supporter Nick Wheeler has pledged to match all donations made to IntoUniversity via Pledgit, up to a total of £10,000, allowing donors to double the impact of their donation. 

To find out more about Nick's Pledgit campaign for IntoUniversity, click here.

November 2015

IntoUniversity produces new report on HE access in rural, coastal and dispersed communities

IntoUniversity has produced a new report on access to university in rural, coastal and dispersed communities in the UK.

The report, which has been funded by the Cabinet Office Social Action Fund, looks at the feasibility of adapting urban models of delivering Higher Education access programmes in areas of lower population density. 

To read a summary of the report, please click here.

The full report is available here.

November 2015

IntoUniversity partners with ground-breaking tech business pi-top

IntoUniversity has teamed up with pi-top, the creators of the new pi-topCEED desktop computer, to help young people to develop their computing skills. 

Through the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo, pi-top are giving their customers the opportunity to donate a pi-topCEED to IntoUniversity for each pi-topCEED they purchase under their buy-one, gift-one scheme. 

pi-top’s goal is to give at least 1,000 desktops to IntoUniversity and other charities focused on children's education throughout 2016. 
Visit the Indiegogo campaign page here to find out more. 

October 2015

IntoUniversity wins Charity of the Year at Charity Times Awards

We are delighted to announce that IntoUniversity was awarded Charity of the Year in the £1m-£10m income category at the 2015 Charity Times Awards on 7 October.

The judges praised IntoUniversity's strong model, excellent evidence of impact and the charity's work to identify the areas of greatest need across the UK.

Ths is the third top award IntoUniversity has received from the Charity Times Awards in the last five years.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

August 2015

IntoUniversity selected as 2015 THE Awards charity partner

IntoUniversity will be the Times Higher Education Awards official charity partner for 2015. The Times Higher Education Awards celebrate excellence within the higher education sector. The awards ceremony will be held on 26 November in London. 

You can see our profile on the THE Awards website here.

July 2015

IntoUniversity shortlisted for Charity Times Awards

We are very pleased to announce that IntoUniversity has been shortlisted for the 2015 Charity Times Awards. We are shortlisted in the Charity of the Year category for charities with an annual income of £1m-£10m. The full shortlist is available here.

The awards ceremony will be held on 7 October 2015 in London.

June 2015

Sixth edition of aspire published

Edition 6 of our aspire newsletter has recently been published. This edition features photos from the IntoUniversity 2015 Gala Evening, as well as interviews with supporters Anthony and Sonia Ling and IntoUniversity student and Advisory Panel member Sering Ceesay. Read it here

May 2015

IntoUniversity shortlisted for Charity Awards

The Charity Awards 2015 shortlist was announced today, 11th May 2015, and we are delighted to announce that IntoUniversity has been shortlisted in the Education and Training category.

The ten category winners, as well as the winners of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Outstanding Achievement Award, will be announced at a dinner on 18th June.

Tania Mason, group editor at Civil Society Media which organises The Charity Awards, said:

“We had an almost record number of entries this year - just four fewer than our all-time high in 2011 - and the standard was excellent, so IntoUniversity should be very proud to have made the shortlist,” she said.

“For 16 years The Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.

“We wish IntoUniversity all the very best of luck on the night."

You can see the full shortlist for the Charity Times Awards here.

April 2015

Launch of IntoUniversity Brighton

We celebrated the official launch of our first Brighton centre on Tuesday 14th April 2015, opened in partnership with the University of Sussex and The Queen's Trust. 

Guests enjoyed speeches from Professor Claire Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sussex, as well as IntoUniversity CEO Dr Rachel Carr and Chair of IntoUniversity Trustees James Lambert. Two IntoUniversity students, Tiger and Stanley, also gave inspiring speeches. Stanley was joined by his University of Susex mentor Lewis.

Our Brighton launch received coverage in local newspaper The Argus - read the article here.

March 2015

IntoUniversity Gala Evening 2015 - The Next Big Leap

We held our 2015 Gala Evening on Thursday 12th March, welcoming 250 guests to the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place, London. The evening was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who was part of it, in particular our three student speakers Mohamed, Ellise and Douaa.

You can see a selection of photos from our 2015 Gala Evening on our Facebook page.

February 2015

Launch of IntoUniversity Leeds East

Our first centre in Leeds officially launched on Wednesday 25th February in partnership with the University of Leeds and The Queen's Trust. Guests enioyed speeches from IntoUniversity CEO Dr Rachel Carr, University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands and Professor Viv Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds. Guests also heard from two fantastic IntoUniversity student speakers: Elsa (Year 8) and Ricardo (Year 5). 

The launch of the centre received coverage in the local press, including in the Yorkshire Post

The University of Leeds also kindly filmed the event and interviewed many attendees - you can watch the full video here.

Our next centre launch will be IntoUniversity Brighton on Tuesday 14th April - watch this space for more details.

February 2015

Launch of IntoUniversity Oxford South East 

Tuesday 3rd February saw the launch of our first centre in Oxford, IntoUniversity Oxford South East, which has opened in partnership with the University of Oxford, Christ Church and The Queen's Trust. Guests, including students, staff, parents and a wide range of IntoUniversity supporters filled the Jubilee 77 Centre in Blackbird Leys to celebrate the official opening.

Guests were addressed by Professor Sally Mapstone, Pro-Vice Chanceller for Education at the University of Oxford, Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church and James Lambert, Chair of Trustees at IntoUniversity. Guests also enjoyed excellent speeches from two IntoUniversity students: Denzel (Year 10) and Ellise (Year 6).

Press coverage

The launch received several pieces of local press coverage, including a front page piece in The Oxford Mail. You can read an online version of this article here

The Oxford Student also covered the event on their website. Read their article here

Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford, gave an interview on the launch of the IntoUniversity Oxford South East on BBC Radio Oxford. You can listen to Dr Khan's  interview here [c. 02:08 on the clock].

January 2015

Three IntoUniversity centres set to launch in 2015

Our three newest centres in Oxford, Leeds and Brighton will all be officially launching this year. IntoUniversity Oxford South East, which is opening in partnership with the University of Oxford, Christ Church and The Queen's Trust, will be the first to launch on 3rd February. We are looking forward to welcoming our students, staff and supporters to this event - watch this space for more details.