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.
As the programme’s creative lead, UCA will be promoting creative subjects and progression through workshops, holiday camps and 1:1 support with selected young people in Years 9 to 13.
As well as engaging young people in the region, UCA is working closely with target schools, tutors and communities to raise awareness and interest in creative subjects and pathways, while also emphasising the transferable nature of creative thinking and skills.
Nationally, this work falls under the banner of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), an HEFCE-funded project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to Higher Education for young people from under-represented backgrounds.
See a list of KaMCOP's partner schools and colleges.
Our UCA Ambassadors are passionate champions for the creative industries and creative education and support all of our outreach activities.
We're always looking to expand our pool of creative workshops tutors to deliver our outreach programmes.
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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UCA is a partner within the Kent and Medway Progression Federation, which is made up of 40 schools in the Kent and Medway area, 3 universities and 2 local authorities working together to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education.
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.