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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. The 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.

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.


In December 2018, following a review process, the OfS announced that funding has been renewed, in principle, for the continuation of the NCOP for academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-21. 

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 have joined together to create a London NCOP. 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 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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