Since 2005, only 23% of those who took A Levels at state schools progressed to higher education by age 19, compared to 65% from the independent sector.
By 16, children receiving free school meals achieve 1.7 grades lower at GCSE.
(Source: New Policy Institute, 2015)
Barriers preventing students applying include:
feeling out of place in a university environment
We operate nationally: partnering with schools in the poorest areas of the UK and working with highly-selective universities, who host our programme and assist us in recruiting student volunteers who act as academic coaches to our GCSE students. We offer 2 x ResidentialCourses, 1:1 remote coaching.
Our impact video
Summer Residential Course: Food and Accommodation support welcomed
We offer Tutoring for GCSE Maths, English and Science Summer and Easter.
Training, food, lodging and travel costs offered to volunteers.
We need support for administration for event organisation, fund raising.
Support sought for scoping new partnerships with schools and universities
It would be good to have new paid staff members to enable and sustain growth.
Engage 300 GCSE students minimum in 2018 -2019
Financial stability: £86,000 target for 2018 - 2019
Open in 3 new university locations in 2019
Raise public profile through Success Stories in Media
Partnerships: St Hugh's and Somerville to offer 100 free places, growing from 78 in 2017 and 42 in 2016, moving from one University of Oxford college to two.
At the end of 2017 Summer course 85% of participants reported they were likely to apply to a highly selective university.
84% of sending teachers agreed that engaging in Universify benefitted GCSE attainment
Our activities reach communities which do not send to university and open the door to that possibility. It benefits the student, the school and the university.
Universify Education is a charity committed to countering educational inequality. We aim to increase access to universities for students from lower- income families. We work with schools in Manchester, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Bristol, London and elsewhere to identify who will benefit most.