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The scheme involves 200 universities and FECs and will reach 4,300 secondary schools and colleges through 34 local and 4 national networks.

How does it work?

Each network has appointed a single point of contact (SpoC), who will:

  • help teachers and advisers find out about the outreach activity which universities and colleges run in their area
  • provide general advice about progression into HE.

Each networks hosts a website with information about outreach activity and signposts other information to support schools and colleges as they prepare their students for HE. See the list of networks and their websites.

The three national networks will offer support to specific groups of students at national level. These groups are: students wishing to progress to Oxford or Cambridge, older learners wishing to continue or return to study, and care leavers. 

Find a network

To find which networks work with a specific school or college and to find single points of contact and website contact details, use this search tool.   

See the search tool

To see the full list of networks and the universities, colleges and other organisations involved in each one see below.

See the list of networks

Funding for the networks

The Government has provided £22 million for the NNCO scheme over academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The scheme is managed by HEFCE.

Final allocations for the NNCO January 2015

Information on the amount of funding allocated to each institution is available in the documents below.

Download the NNCO_final_allocations as PDF (259 KB) Download the NNCO_final_allocations as MS Excel Spreadsheet (19 KB)


For any questions or comments about this scheme or collaborative outreach, e-mail  tel 0117 931 7410.

Page last updated 1 February 2016