University signs up to new national scheme

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The University of Sheffield has joined a national scheme to help students from less advantaged backgrounds get into top universities.

Directors have signed up to Realising Opportunities, led by Newcastle University, an award-winning collaboration of leading universities, promoting fair access to higher education and encouraging social mobility.

The University of Sheffield, Goldsmiths, University of London and The University of Sussex are the latest to join the programme, which has already worked with thousands of students in the UK.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “The expansion is good news, and will help even more young people from less advantaged backgrounds benefit from the experience of higher education.

“It is important that young people, regardless of their backgrounds, are inspired to be ambitious as they consider studying at university.”

As part of the scheme Year 12 and 13 students access events, activities and support specifically designed to increase their likelihood of applying to a research-intensive university.

Deborah Fowler, head of outreach at The University of Sheffield, said: “This complements our other outreach programmes, many of which have been running for a number of years. It adds to the opportunity for participants to gain exposure to other research intensive universities during their post-16 studies, which we believe helps students to make informed decisions about their future.”