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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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We have listed below all local and national networks with details of their members and other partners.

National networks for collaborative outreach


Lead institution: London Higher c/o University of London

Member institutions:  University of Bedfordshire, Brunel University London, City University London, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Greenwich, Heythrop College, University of Hull, Kingston University, London Metropolitan University, London South Bank University, Loughborough University, Middlesex University, Ravensbourne, Rose Bruford College, Royal Holloway University of London, Royal Veterinary College, St Mary's University Twickenham, University of Sussex, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, University College London, University for the Creative Arts, University of West London, University of Westminster, Conservatoire for Dance & Drama, Greenwich School of Management London, The University of Law, LCA Business School, London School of Economics & Political Science

Other partners: Greenwich School of Management, University of Law

Aimhigher London South

Lead institution: Kingston University

Member institutions: Goldsmiths, London South Bank University, North East Surrey College of Technology, Royal Holloway University, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS, St Georges University of London, St Mary's University Twickenham, University College London, University of Greenwich, University of Leicester, University of Roehampton, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University Centre Croydon

Other partners: Achievability, Action on Access, Buttle UK, Brightside, Dyslexia Action, Enlighten, Future First, JiscTechdisc, London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Harrow, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London Borough of Kingston, London Borough of Merton, London Borough of Richmond, London Borough of Sutton, London Borough of Wandsworth, London Borough of Westminster, Made Training, Stemnet, Who Cares? Trust

Aimhigher West Midlands

Lead institution: University of Birmingham

Member institutions: Aston University, Birmingham City University, Hereford College of Arts, Newman University, Solihull College, South and City College Birmingham, Staffordshire University, University College Birmingham, University of Worcester, Walsall College, Wolverhampton University
Other partners: Action on Access, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Looked After Children's Education Service, Black Country Partnership for Learning, Black Country Training Group, Connexions Birmingham, Dudley College, Heart of England NHS Trust, Prospects (National Careers Service West Midlands), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Solihull Specialist Careers Service, STEMNET Birmingham and Solihull, Student Loans Company, The Bar Council, The Brightside Trust, Titan Partnership, UCAS

Aspire Northamptonshire

Lead institution: University of Northampton

Member institutions: Moulton College, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, Northampton College 

Other partners: Aimhigher Northamptonshire Ltd, Northampton Library Service

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Network for collaborative outreach

Lead institution: University of Bedfordshire

Member institutions: University of Bedfordshire, Barnfield College, Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College, Milton Keynes College, 4YP, The Learning Partnership

Other partners: Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire and Luton Learning Partnership, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Central Bedfordshire Council, Develop EBP, Federation of small businesses, Luton Borough Council, Nuffield Foundation, STEM team East, SEM LEP

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network

Lead institution: Anglia Ruskin University

Member institutions: University Centre Peterborough

Other partners: West Anglia College

Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Network

Lead institution: University of Cumbria

Member institutions: University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, Edge Hill University, Accrington & Rossendale College, Blackpool & Fylde College, Carlisle College, Kendal College, Furness College, Lancashire & Morecambe College, Lakes College, Myerscough College, Newton Rigg College

Devon Collaborative Outreach Network

Lead institution: Plymouth University

Member institutions: City College Plymouth, PETROC, Plymouth College of Art, South Devon College, Strode College, University of St Mark and St John

Essex Collaborative Outreach Network

Lead institution: University of Essex

Member institutions: University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin University, Colchester Institute, University Centre Southend & Thurrock (part of South Essex College), Writtle College

Other partners: Essex County Council

Explore University

Lead institution: University of Wolverhampton

Member institutions: Harper Adams University, Keele University, Staffordshire University, Telford College of Arts and Technology

Other partners: Arts Connect West Midlands, FutureFocus Telford and Wrekin Council, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, National Careers Service West Midlands, Open College Network of the West Midlands Region, South Staffordshire College, Stafford College, Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford and Wrekin Council, The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, The Marches Training Provider Association, Higher Horizons, Widening Participation Collaborative Group

Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement (FORCE)

Lead institution: University of Hull

Member institutions: Bishop Burton College, Doncaster College, East Riding College, Grimsby Institute Group, Hull College Group, North Lindsey College, RNN Group, Selby College, University of Hull, New College Stamford

Gloucestershire Reaching Out with Schools (GROWS)

Lead institution: University of Gloucestershire

Member institutions: Gloucestershire College, Hartpury College, Royal Agricultural University, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College

Greater Manchester Higher

Lead institution: Manchester Metropolitan University

Member institutions: University of Manchester, University of Salford Manchester, University of Bolton, Manchester College, Bolton College, University Campus Oldham, Wigan and Leigh College, Salford City College, Royal Northern College of Music, Holy Cross College, Stockport College, Hopwood Hall College, Ashton Sixth form College, Bury College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Tameside College, Trafford College

Other partners: Greater Manchester Colleges Group


Lead institution: University of Leeds

Member institutions: Bradford College, Calderdale College, Kirklees College, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City College, Leeds College of Art, Leeds College of Building, Leeds Trinity University, University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield, Wakefield College


Lead institution: University of Hertfordshire

Member institutions: University of Hertfordshire, Oaklands College, Hertford Regional College, West Herts College, North Herts College, Royal Veterinary College, University Campus St Albans, Apprenticeships Providers Network, Youth Connexions Hertfordshire

Other partners: Hertfordshire LEP, Hertfordshire County Council, Herts for Learning

Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON)

Lead institution: University of Surrey

Member institutions: University for the Creative Arts (UCA), University Centre Farnborough at Farnborough College of Technology, Royal Holloway University, Birkbeck College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Havering College, King's College London, London South Bank University, Middlesex University, Ravensbourne, SOAS, University College London, University of East London, University of Greenwich, University of Westminster, Waltham Forest College, Goldsmiths, Harrow College, Barnet and Southgate College, Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, City and Islington College, The College of Enfield, Haringey and North East London, The College of North West London, Hillcroft College, Kensington and Chelsea College, Lambeth College, LeSoCo, Morley College, Newham Sixth Form College, Uxbridge College, Westminster Kingsway College, Bexley College, GSM London, City of Westminster, Newham College of further Education, Sir George Monoux College 

Higher Education Progression Partnership and Collaborative Outreach (HEPP&CO)

Lead institution: Sheffield Hallam University

Member institutions: The University of Sheffield, Chesterfield College, Dearne Valley College, RNN Group, Sheffield Hallam University, University Centre Doncaster, University Campus Barnsley

Other partners: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Careers lnc., Chesterfield Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Northern College, Barnsley, North East Derbyshire District Council, North Nottinghamshire County Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Futures

Higher Horizons

Lead institution: Keele University

Member institutions: Keele University, University of Chester, University of Derby, Harper Adams University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sommerville College University of Oxford, Staffordshire University, Reaseheath College, Higher Horizons

Higher York

Lead institution: York St John University

Member institutions: Askham Bryan College, Craven College, University of York, York College

Other partners: Children's University, City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council 

Kent and Medway Collaborative Network  

Lead institution: Canterbury Christ Church University

Member institutions: Canterbury College, Mid Kent College, North Kent College, University for the Creative Arts, University of Greenwich, University of Kent,  Ashford College, East Kent College, Hadlow College, West Kent College

Other partners: East Kent College, Kent Local Authority, Medway Local Authority

Lancashire Collaborative Outreach Network

Lead institution: University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Member institutions: University of Cumbria, Lancaster University, Edge Hill University, Accrington and Rossendale College, Blackburn College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Burnley College, Carlisle College, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Myerscough College, Preston's College, Runshaw College, University of Central Lancashire, Preston's College, Myerscough College, Runshaw College

Lincolnshire Outreach Network

Lead institution: University of Lincoln

Member institutions: Bishop Grossteste University, Boston College, Grantham College, Grimsby Institute, Lincoln College, New College Stamford, North Lindsey College

Linking London

Lead institution: Birkbeck University

Member institutions: Barnet and Southgate College, Bromley College, City and Islington College, The College of Enfield, Harringate and North East London, Goldsmiths, GSM London, Harrow College, Havering College, Hillcroft College, Kensington and Chelsea College, King's College London, Kingston University, Lambeth College, LeSoCo, London South Bank University, Middlesex University, Morley College, Newham Sixth From College, The College of North West London, Ravensbourne, Redbridge College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, SOAS, University College London, University of East London, University of Greenwich, Uxbridge College, University of Westminster, Waltham Forest College, Westminster Kingsway College

Other partners: City and Guilds, London Councils: The Young People’s Education and Skills Board, OCN London, Pearson, Unionlearn, Association of Colleges (AoC) London

Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach

Lead institution: University of Liverpool

Member institutions: City of Liverpool College, Edge Hill University, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liverpool John Moore University, Riverside College, St Helen's College, University of Chester, Wirral Metropolitan College, Hugh Baird College

Other partners: Children's University (Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley), Hugh Baird College, Knowsley Community College, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sefton Education Business Partnership, Virtual School for Looked After Children - Sefton, Warrington Collegiate

Next Steps Cornwall

Lead institution: Falmouth University

Member institutions: Cornwall College, Plymouth University, Truro and Penwith College, University of Exeter

Other partners: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Secondary Heads Group

North East Midlands Collaborative Outreach Network 

Lead institution: University of Derby

Member institutions: Bishop Grosseteste University, Central College Nottingham, Chesterfield College, Derby College, Loughborough College, New College Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Stephenson College, University of Nottingham, West Nottinghamshire College, Buxton & Leek College

North East Raising Aspiration Partnership

Lead institution: Newcastle University

Member institutions: Northumbria University, Teesside University, Durham University, University of Sunderland 


Lead institution: University of Leicester

Member institutions: De Montfort University, Leicester College, Loughborough College, Loughborough University, Stephenson College, Brooksby Melton College, South Leicestershire College

Other partners: East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership, Leicester City Education Improvement Partnership, Leicester City Local Authority, Leicestershire County Local Authority, Leicestershire Secondary Heads, Tertiary Federation Leicester, VESA - Education Support Agency

Southern Universities Network

Lead institution: University of Southampton

Member institutions: Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth University, Portsmouth University, Southampton Solent University, University of Winchester 

Study Higher

Lead institution: Oxford Brookes University

Member institutions: Abingdon and Witney College, Activate Learning (College), Amersham and Wycombe College, Aylesbury College, Buckinghamshire New University, Ruskin College, Swindon College, University of Oxford, University of Reading

Suffolk and Norfolk Collaborative Network

Lead institution: The University of Suffolk

Member institutions: Norwich University of the Arts, The University of East Anglia, the College of West Anglia, Easton and Otley College and City College Norwich

Other partners: West Suffolk College, Lowestoft College, Great Yarmouth College and Suffolk New College

Sussex Learning Network

Lead institution: University of Brighton

Member institutions: Northbrook College, University of Chichester, University of Sussex

Think Higher Coventry and Warwickshire

Lead institution: University of Warwick

Member institutions: Coventry University, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Warwickshire College

Other partners: Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council

Western Outreach Network

Lead institution: University of Bath

Member institutions: Bath Spa University, Bridgwater College, Bristol University, City of Bath College, City of Bristol College, Hartpury College, University of the West of England, Weston College, Yeovil College 

Page last updated 17 August 2017