Universities in the North of England are trying to stop social inequality in education by giving information and encouragement about higher education to those who are “under-represented”.
“They might be perfectly capable and able, and have the academic ability, but they don’t have the aspiration. They don’t know anybody else who’s done it. They just assume that that’s not their path” says Gemma Kirkbride , a Student Recruitment Manager of Newcastle University.
Various universities have been working together since 2000 giving presentations in colleges and hosting summer schools to raise awareness. As of this moment, 180 schools are participating in the scheme.
The universities aim to encourage students who normally would not consider developing their education past high school. Gemma states that “these students might be first ones from their community, and I want them to be a kind of ambassador and pass on the message to the next generation.”