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Uni Connect Overview - The National Picture

Our privacy notice for learners is available here (last updated August 2nd).

The London Uni Connect is part of the national Uni Connect and is funded by the Office for Students. Uni Connect is a national network of consortia across England which offer impartial advice, guidance and activities on the benefits and realities of higher education in college and universityThe programme, via 29 consortia, delivers 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.

Phase one of the programme ran from January 2017 - July 2019.

We are now in phase two of the programme which started on 1 August 2019 and is due to finish in July 2021. The two main strands of activity are:

  • Targeted higher education outreach (within the local areas identified under phase one).
  • Outreach hubs within the 29 local partnerships with the aim of offering schools and colleges higher education outreach and providing a platform for wider collaboration.


The programme specific aims are to:

  • reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups
  • support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education
  • support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners
  • contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.


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

London Uni Connect


Linking London works alongside existing networks, Access HE and Aimhigher London, to form the London Uni Connect. Together we are 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 Further Education and Sixth Form College learners who live within these 13 wards. Together with our partners, we have developed a programme of sustained and progressive outreach activity that is tailored to local needs and offers inspiration, increases aspiration and supports students to make informed decisions about their future. 

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

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