Inspiring HE students of the future

10 May 2017

Salford City College are proud to announce the launch of a new Higher Education Community Hub, and the hiring of a new staff team. The team will provide better quality Higher Education outreach activities, information and advice for local schools and colleges across the Salford and Trafford area. Their main aim is to work towards doubling the amount of students from disadvantaged backgrounds entering Higher Education, by the year 2020 – a challenging goal set by the Prime Minister. 

The initiative, Greater Manchester Higher Network for Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), will see Salford City College work in collaboration with 5 other partner universities and 12 Further Education colleges from across Greater Manchester. The aim of the project is to provide more targeted and engaging outreach activities and events, and to improve the delivery of information, advice and guidance about progression routes to Higher Education (HE), overall. They hope this will eventually lead to increased participation in HE study. Outreach activity will take place in areas where the HE participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

Ruth Osborne-Thompson, Director of Access and Higher Education is delighted that Salford City College has been approved as a sub-regional hub for the project. Ruth said, “This new programme aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds getting into HE by raising their awareness, aspirations and confidence to study a HE programme in the future – and the hub at Salford City College, working alongside Trafford, will have a pivotal role in raising those aspirations.”

“Higher Education offered at Further Education colleges is affordable and accessible to all and provide real opportunities for young people.” – Ruth Osborne-Thompson

The new initiative has also created work opportunities for current Salford City College HE students, of which over 20 have been appointed for roles as HE Student Ambassadors. As part of the project they will support the delivery of bespoke educational activities and events for young people in year 9 to 13.

Newly appointed HE Student Ambassador, Chantelle Corbin-Herbison, who studies BA Honours Business Management at the College’s FutureSkills said, “I chose to become a HE ambassador as I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my experiences studying a HE course. I chose to take a different career path and go back into education and HE allowed me to confidently follow my job aspirations. As a HE ambassador I have the opportunity to meet new people in the same position as me and give them support and advice. HE is important as it helps individuals to access job positions they might not be able to access without the necessary qualifications.”

For more information regarding Greater Manchester Higher Network for Collaborative Outreach please visit:

If you would like to engage with our newly launched HE outreach hub, are thinking of applying for a HE course at Salford City College, or need any further information, advice or guidance about HE opportunities and pathways, please contact:

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