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NCOP Overview - The National Picture

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The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), funded through the Office for Students (OfS), began in January 2017 and will run until December 2020. The programme, via 29 consortia, will be delivering outreach activity in geographical areas where the HE participation of young people is low or much lower than expected based on GCSE attainment, with the overarching aim of supporting the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education.

The programme specific aims are to support the Government’s goals to:

  • double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
  • increase by 20% the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
  • address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.


OfS will provide £30 million in 2016-17 to establish the consortia and start outreach activity. From 2017-18, funding for the programme will be set at £60 million per annum.

If you would like to find out more information about the NCOP please visit the OfS website here.

London NCOP

Linking London, alongside AccessHE and Aimhigher London South have joined together to create a London NCOP. Together we will be working within the 13 target wards that have been identified by the OfS as areas with high levels of social deprivation and low levels of learners progressing onto higher education.

Linking London are working specifically with level 3 year 1 and 2 college learners who live within these 13 wards. Together with our partners, we have developed a programme of outreach activity to help learners discover and think about the whole range of HE opportunities available. We are also working closely with college advisers, tutors and other staff members to support the Careers Information Advice and Guidance offered.

More information on the London NCOP - Linking London can be found in a presentation delivered by the Linking London Director, Sue Betts in June 2018.

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