Our History

In 2002, three friends, Hugh Rayment-Pickard, Clare Richards and Rachel Carr, were involved in a local community project in North Kensington, a borough of social and economic extremes. Shocked by the scale of underachievement amongst Britain’s poorest families, these social entrepreneurs launched the IntoUniversity scheme.  

After a successful pilot in North Kensington, they decided to launch the programme as a charity in its own right in 2007, and centres opened up in LambethBrentBowHaringeyHackney and Hammersmith.

In 2010, the team was approached by senior staff from the University of Nottingham, who proposed a partnership with the university's widening participation department in order to deliver IntoUniversity's award-winning programme to children and young people in the area. The first centre was launched in Autumn 2011 and the second, Nottingham East, in April 2013. 

This began a phase of national expansion for the charity, with new centres opening up across England. We now operate 32 centres and extension projects in 16 towns and cities.

Click here to find out more about our network of local learning centres. 

Our Impact

To find out about the impact that the IntoUniversity programme has on the students we work with, please click here to take a look at our impact report and results of our student survey. 

Get in touch

If you would like to speak to someone about IntoUniversity and any part of the programme please visit the Get in touch page to find the right person to contact.