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With a focus on the links between NCOP and the wider policy environment, the conference offered opportunities for discussion about how we ensure the greatest possible positive impact from the programme.


Introduction to the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), Chris Millward, Director (Policy), HEFCE

Educational disadvantage, widening participation and the links to place, David Robinson, Director (Post-16 and Skills), Education Policy Institute

Engaging schools - Aimhigher West Midlands

Growing the local economy - Future U

Supporting opportunity areas - Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO)

Degree apprenticeships and the skills landscape - Darren Watson, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Linking NCOP and degree apprenticeships - Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme

Emerging findings and next steps for the formative and impact evaluationDr Abigail Diamond, Managing Director, CFE Research