Higher education activities and the UCP programme

Higher education outreach activities are aimed at showing students the higher education opportunities available at college and university, and how completing a higher education course can benefit their job prospects. The activities may also improve students’ attainment. The activities are being run by HeppSY, Hepp, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and other approved partners.

The Uni Connect Programme’s (UCP) aim is to increase the number of young people progressing to university and higher education by 2020. The HeppSY team and their partners1 are being funded by the Office for Students (OfS) to undertake outreach activities with young people at your school or college to let you know about the benefits of going into higher education.

Why do we need to collect data and evaluate higher education activities?

To make sure the activities we provide are useful and effective for young people, we need to gather certain information which we use purely for research and evaluation purposes. Under data protection law we are able to process this data because the activities are a task carried out are in the public interest. It is also important to prove that what we do is working. We must:

  1. ensure that the activities we offer are appropriate
  2. identify the most effective activities and best practice
  3. measure the impact of our activities