The HEART partnership was established with a key concept of bringing about equality of access to higher education for all those who are capable of and would benefit from the experience.
Our partners reach out to schools, individuals and businesses to encourage underrepresented groups to access higher education. Those considered as underrepresented may include, although this list is certainly not exhaustive:
- people who are care experienced
- individuals with certain disabilities
- those living in areas with indices of multiple deprivation
- people from families with no direct experience of higher education.
As the West Yorkshire regional consortium of higher education providers HEART is committed to supporting our partners in encouraging underrepresented groups to aspire, apply, enter and succeed in higher education. We have secured the status as ‘Single Point of Contact‘ from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and therefore coordinate targeted collaborative outreach to selected schools whilst providing all 11-18 schools with details of all partner outreach activity.
HEART also focuses considerable attention on Looked After Young People and Care Leavers and on supporting adults to progress to higher education and particularly through our work with the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
Please click on the links to the left to learn more about HEART specific activities.