IntoUniversity is needed now, more than ever.
Young people growing up in Britain’s least privileged neighbourhoods have always faced an uphill struggle.
Homes are often overcrowded spaces where young people have nowhere to study, where devices are shared between siblings, and where hard-pressed families do not have spare cash for tutors and after-school activities. Few get the grades to go to university.
As a result, many families are caught in a vicious cycle, where the disadvantages of one generation are passed onto the next. This creates neighbourhoods where for decades, poverty and educational underachievement have gone hand in hand.
The pandemic has made the challenge tougher, with young people experiencing months of lost learning and missed opportunities for work experience and skills development. In the least advantaged neighbourhoods, poverty is getting worse and the hill to be climbed is now even steeper than before.
In these communities, IntoUniversity centres offer a safe space for young people to learn, explore and succeed, a welcoming and supportive home-from-home, located in young people’s neighbourhoods.
Through after-school study sessions, mentoring meetings and our FOCUS programme which inspires and supports ambition, we provide the dedicated, long term support that can break cycles of disadvantage.
“We are seeing large and sustained losses in education for school pupils and university students in the wake of the pandemic, with those from lower-income backgrounds particularly suffering. The big danger for pupils is that they suffer permanent educational scarring - missing out on key grades that can shape future life prospects.”Lee Elliot Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter, 2020.