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UCA will play crucial role in helping disadvantaged young people into Higher Education

We are pleased to be playing a crucial role in helping the most disadvantaged young people in Surrey, Kent and London to continue into Higher Education (HE), as part of a Government-led national outreach programme.

For the next two years, we will be teaming up with other universities, FE colleges and third sector organisations, in Surrey, Kent and London, to transform the outreach offered in each region and to encourage more students to see themselves succeeding in HE.

As the creative lead, UCA will work with young people in years 9 to 13 to significantly increase their engagement with art education through activities such as creative workshops and Easter and Summer Schools.

Emma Shailer, Assistant Director for Marketing, Student Recruitment & Admissions, said: “Earlier this year, a government report indicated that the creative industries are worth more than £84 billion per year to the UK economy and have seen a growth rate of almost double the UK economy as a whole. The career possibilities and opportunities for young people are significant, with the industries seeking highly-qualified and skilled designers, artists, animators, filmmakers, architects, creative coders and more.

“We are looking forward to working with schools, colleges, organisations and other universities to help increase participation in HE over the next few years and encourage students to see the range of options and opportunities that are accessible and available to them.”

Ranked first for arts in London and the Southeast, we compete on the main stage alongside universities offering traditional subjects options. This year, we were pleased to be named a top 40 UK university in the Guardian University League Table and to be identified as one of the country’s leading universities – and the UK’s top arts university – for teaching quality, after being ranked 14th in this category by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

“With UCA graduates including Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, whose recent film has just recorded the second biggest December opening weekend ever, Kathryn Sargent, who this year became the first female master tailor to open a shop on the iconic Savile Row, and renowned fashion designer Karen Millen, UCA has a long-standing history of producing high quality graduates across an increasingly diverse range of creative subjects,” Emma added.

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), will initially run for two years from January 2017. The programme aims to support the government’s goals to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE by 2020, increase by 20 percent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups, and address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.