Higher and Further Education Partnerships

The UK continues to face huge challenges in making sure that children’s family circumstances or lack of resources do not prevent them from aspiring to be the best they can be.

An increasing number of Further and Higher Education Institutions are choosing the Children’s University as a key part of their Widening Participation programmes.

“I am very pleased to see the work that Nottingham Trent University is doing to improve access, in particular its outreach programmes clearly show that the University understands the importance of reaching out to children from primary age onwards, and developing long term, sustained interaction with schools.”

Professor Les Ebdon
Head of the Office for Fair Access

Children’s University is a vehicle for harnessing the potential of the whole community to support young people’s learning.

Zoe Hancock, Principal of Oaklands FE College, Hertfordshire explains “We became part of the Children’s University because we knew it would offer significant benefits to children, parents and the community as a whole.  For local attractions and clubs the scheme has translated into repeat business and increased footfall for participating Learning Destinations.”

Wakefield College also sees Children’s University as a powerful example of its partnership working – and OFSTED agree!

Wakefield College Ofsted Report 2015

Partnership working is outstanding.  The College has led the way in setting up a Children’s University which successfully provides, in partnership with other organisations, a rich set of learning experiences across the community.  This is part of a long term strategy to raise aspirations in the community and to increase participation in learning.”

Alongside Wakefield College, Oaklands FE College in Hertfordshire and Nottingham Trent University, an increasing number of Further and Higher Education Partners are choosing to become the lead organisation for the delivery of Children’s University in their localities.

University of Wolverhampton hosts the Black Country CU with campus areas in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

University of West England is developing further the work of the Bristol Children’s University and introducing Children’s University to children in South Gloucestershire through the creation of the South Gloucestershire CU.

Leeds Trinity University is our delivery partner for Leeds CU.

Bromley College have recently become a lead organisation are supporting children and young people in Bromley through the development of the Bromley CU.

Doncaster College, as one of our founder FE partners, offers children in Doncaster the opportunity to participate in Children’s University learning, with an increasing number of CU Graduations each year.

University of Lincoln, working with local strategic partners, has supported the development of the Children’s University in Lincolnshire using CU Volunteers, recruited and trained to ensure sustainability in growth.

The University of Northampton provides access to children living in Northampton, through Northamptonshire CU.

Staffordshire University hosts the Stoke and Staffordshire Children’s University.

University of Worcester is working in partnership with CU Central Trust to provide a package of Children’s University Support.

Plymouth University supports the arrangements for Cornwall CU and the Devon & Torbay CU too.