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The University of Cambridge in the East of England

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Accelerate EAST (East Anglian Skills and Talent)

Lead by the University, Accelerate EAST is a regional skills partnership consisting of regional FE colleges, HEIs, and large businesses. It is designed to tackle the skills crisis in STEM subjects, and the associated issues of rural deprivation and poor connectivity. It acts as an umbrella organisation to enable schools, pupils, and parents to make sense of the fragmented skills landscape in our region. In 2019, Accelerate EAST will launch a public consultation to help identify local training and career opportunities for users throughout East Anglia. As part of our efforts to increase awareness of STEAM subjects, Accelerate EAST also launched a pilot programme in 2018 with 700 Year 7 pupils across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Connect to Cambridge

Connect to Cambridge is the local part of the University's Area Link scheme, in which every Cambridge college works with a particular area of the country to deliver school engagements and widening participation programmes. Connect to Cambridge works exclusively with local schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and includes the following colleges: Trinity, Jesus, Peterhouse, Christ's, St Catharine's, Emmanuel, Sidney Sussex, Corpus Christi, Gonville & Caius, Queen's, Clare, St John's, Downing, Fitzwilliam, Churchill, Selwyn, Murray Edwards and Robinson. 

Insight Cambridge

Insight is an academic programme for secondary school students which aims to develop students’ interests and tackle the barriers they face when applying to university. During the programme, students are able to explore academic subjects not taught in school and talk to current University staff and students about their subject choices. The programme aims to alleviate worries regarding topics such as the admissions process and student finance, key areas of concern in deprived communities. Insight currently works with 7 schools across Peterborough, working with students, parents and teachers.

NEACO: Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach

The University of Cambridge is the administrative lead for the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco). The largest of 29 government-funded consortia in England, neaco sees five universities and eight Further Education colleges working together to increase progression to Higher Education and higher apprenticeships.

Launched in January 2017, neaco has already worked with more than 10,000 students from Years 9 to 13 who live in areas identified by the government as having lower rates of progression than would be expected given their GCSE attainment. Or to put it another way: those who could be going to University, but aren’t.