The Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) consists of a group of universities and colleges that have come together to deliver targeted outreach across Kent and Medway.
Nationally, this work falls under the banner of the Uni Connect Programme, an Office for Students (OfS)-funded project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to Higher Education for young people from under- represented backgrounds.
KaMCOP works to engage and realise the aspirations of young people from specific wards in Kent and Medway, where participation is lower than expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
As the programme’s creative lead, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) promotes progression in creative arts, business and technology through a variety of activities, including workshops, holiday clubs and masterclasses, with young people in Years 9 to 13.
At UCA, we believe all young people should have the opportunity to contribute to the culture in which they live, and so we’ve developed an innovative outreach programme to:
See a list of KaMCOP's partner schools, colleges and target wards and find out more about KaMCOP Criteria.
The UCA Outreach programme offers a diverse range of activities to suit all year groups, spanning Creative Arts, Business & Technology.
There are many opportunities to engage including creative workshops and masterclasses, group visits to the university, and presentations about creative careers.
It is our aim to provide engaging activities to inspire students to enter into a career in the creative industries, as well as providing teachers and careers advisors with tools to advise on the creative sector.
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AccessHE is the access to higher education network for London. Founded in 2011 and a key division of London Higher, AccessHE is the pan-London organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education (HE). It does this by enabling HE institutions (HEIs), schools and colleges to achieve their objectives on widening access to HE more efficiently and effectively.
UCA is also a key partner in AccessHE Creative Network. With the many challenges facing young people looking to follow a creative pathway, the AccessHE Creative Network aims to develop coordinated strategies to support under-represented young people in London.
UCA is currently working with HEON, a consortia of universities working together to deliver activity focussed on progression to Higher Education within Surrey and North East Hampshire. As part of HEON, UCA will deliver collaborative outreach to pupils in Years 9 to 13 who reside in specific wards. Young people will receive impartial Information Advice and Guidance on HE and progression routes, in order to support the government’s aim of increasing the university progression rates of young people living in the target wards. Staff at HEON’s partner institutions are funded to work collaboratively and inform young people of the variety of opportunities available at university, and how to navigate the path towards a HE course.