Our Impact

The IntoUniversity programme can demonstrate evidence of

  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved chances of getting to university
  • Improved attitudes to learning
  • Improved employability skills (see the outcomes of our Entrepreneurship programme)

Read our 2019 Impact Report.


Lockdown Impact Report
The COVID-19 crisis meant that IntoUniversity had to close our centres from March to September 2020, pausing all face-to-face support for our young people. However, our teams immediately offered bespoke remote support to our Academic Support students, many of whom have been attending our centres regularly over a period of years.
Read about the impact of this support and the lessons we learned in our Lockdown Impact Report here.

The Impact Map

IntoUniversity has commissioned the UK's leading data visualisation company, Furthr, to construct an innovative data visualisation microsite: The Impact Map. The Impact Map displays our impact in a clear, engaging way, that allows stakeholders to interact with, and interrogate, our data and find out more about the students and communities we support.

Assurance of 2019 progression data

IntoUniversity has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) to provide limited assurance for the university progression rate reported by IntoUniversity for 2019 school leavers. The assurance opinion can be viewed here, and IntoUniversity’s basis of reporting can be viewed here.

How many of our students get to university?

We track the progress of our students after leaving school. In 2019, 68% of IntoUniversity students progressed to university compared with 41% of all students nationally. And our students (who come from disadvantaged backgrounds) do considerably better with our help than the national average for pupils on Free School Meals, which was 26% in 2018.

Social Return on Investment (SROI)

The charity conducted a Social Return on Investment calculation in 2010. The calculation for the Social Return on Investment for IntoUniversity was around 4.2 which means that for every £1 invested in IntoUniversity, £4.20 worth of social value is generated.

Our work with Supplementary Schools 

We ran a three-year project working with Supplementary Schools across the country with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project was externally evaluated by the UCL Insititute of Education and was found to have 'had a significant impact on raising the aspirations of under-represented groups to progress to university'. You can read the full report here.

OC&C Report

In 2018, OC&C Strategy Consultants produced a comprehensive report detailing how we should approach our future growth strategy. The analysis revealed over 3,000 schools across the UK which have students in need of IntoUniversity's support. You can read a summary of the report here.

The Renaisi report on attainment

In 2019, Renaisi, a social enterprise focused on research, produced a qualitative research report exploring the impact that IntoUniversity has on the attainment of the students we support. The research involved engaging with over 300 people across eight IntoUniversity centres, including young people, parents, teachers, IntoUniversity staff and volunteers, and other local stakeholders.

The research found that 'IntoUniversity delivers a holistic and supportive programme and can be confident that there are many ways in which this supports increased attainment.' You can read the full Renaisi research study or the executive summary here.

Evaluation of the impact of IntoUniversity’s Academic Support programme on Key Stage 2 attainment

We commissioned FFT Education Datalab to undertake an evaluation of the impact of IntoUniversity's Academic Support programme on Key Stage 2 attainment outcomes, using the National Pupil Database (NPD). The evaluation used a quasi-experimental design, comparing the KS2 performance of IntoUniversity students to a matched comparison group of statistically similar students. The results showed a statistically significant improvement in KS2 maths attainment for high dosage students, equivalent to 3 months additional progress. You can read the full report here.

Award-winning Charity


CASE Circle of Excellence Award for Targeted Fundraising Campaigns in partnership with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh - Gold level

Shortlisted for the Charity Times Corporate Community Local Involvement in partnership with Bank of America

Shortlisted for the Charity Times Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year in partnership with BlackRock 


NEON Widening Access Partnership Award with the University of Nottingham

Business Charity Awards Professional Services Partnership Award with Deloitte

Gold in the Corporate Engagement Awards Most Effective Long-Term Commitment category with UBS

Finalist for Business Charity Awards Legal Partnership Award with Mills & Reeve

Finalist for Business Charity Awards Long-term Partnership Award with UBS

Highly commended for the Charity Times Corporate National Partnership Champion Award in partnership with Mills & Reeve

Shortlisted for the Charity Times Charity of the Year: with an income of £1 million - £10 million Award

Shortlisted for Corporate Engagement Awards Most effective long-term commitment Award with UBS

Shortlisted for Better Society Awards Commitment to the local community Award with UBS


BlackRock Charity of the Year 2019-20

Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards Community Partners Award in partnership with UBS

Shortlisted for the Charity Times Corporate Community Local Involvement Award in partnership with Deloitte


BlackRock Charity of the Year 2018-19


BlackRock Charity of the Year 2017-18

Runner-Up in National CSR Awards 2017 with UBS

Commended at Business Charity Awards 2017 with UBS

Commended for Widening Access Initiative of the Year at the NEON Awards 2017


CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Winner in partnership with the University of Leeds

Shortlisted for the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards in partnership with UBS

Better Society Awards Winner in partnership with UBS


Charity of the Year (Income £1m-£10m) at the Charity Times Awards 2015

Shortlisted for The Charity Awards in the Education and Training Category

Shortlisted for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year

Shortlisted for UCL Volunteering Organisation of the Year


Highly Commended in Charity of the Year category (Income £1m-£5m) in the Charity Times Awards 2014

Commended for Widening Access Initiative of the Year at the NEON Awards 2014


Shortlisted for the Children and Young People's Charity Award in the Children and Young People Now Awards 2013

Quality in Study Support Established Status for all our centres, 2013-2016

LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2013

The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards Nominated Charity 2013


London Education Partnerships Award 2012


Charity Principal of the Year Award  in the Charity Times Awards 2011

The Children and Young People Now Learning Award 2011

The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund


The Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal 2010

Charity of the Year Award in the Charity Times Awards 2010

Centre for Social Justice Award 2010

London Education Partnership Award 2010

2009 and earlier

London Education Partnership Award 2009

Higher Education Volunteering Award 2007

Quality in Study Support Advanced Status, IU North Kensington 2009-2012

Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Approved Provider

External Evaluation

In 2007, The National Foundation for Educational Research conducted an evaluation of the IntoUniversity programme.  The NFER found that 'the IntoUniversity programme has a positive, transformational impact on children and young people'. Read the Executive Summary.

What Others Say

'IntoUniversity is one of the most impressive charities that NPC has analysed. It has an effective model, impressive management, and good evidence of its impact. Its finances are very strong and there are few risks to its core work.

The charity is right to be ambitious—the need is immense and organisations providing what it does few, and scattered. There is no reason, given the right funding mix, that the programme could not be rolled out into areas of deprivation and low educational attainment across the country.'

Find the full report on the NPC website.

'IntoUniversity has been one of the most exciting initiatives we have funded at the Sutton Trust.  We saw great potential in the organisation ten years ago, and we are delighted to have been its first friend and funder, supporting its evaluation and providing strategic funding to enable it to grow.  It is testament to the strength of the model – as well as the professionalism and vision of Rachel Carr and Hugh Rayment-Pickard and other staff and trustees – that IntoUniversity now has ten centres and has expanded beyond London.  

Its holistic approach to raising the aspirations and achievement of low income youngsters is exactly what is needed to address our shamefully low level of social mobility. The need for IntoUniversity is as pressing as ever and I wish them every success for the future.'

Sir Peter Lampl

Chairman – The Sutton Trust

Chairman – The Education Endowment Foundation

Why not read our testimonials to find out more about the impact we make on young people?