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Access Partnerships

Information For Parents & Carers

What is Access Partnerships?

Our ambition is to support the progression of talented state school pupils, particularly those from groups that are less typically represented in higher education.

We recognise parents and carers play an important role when supporting young people through important decision-making processes before the age of 16. We deliver a series of events for young people and their parents/carers to provide advice and support through these times and also to aid personal development and experiences of higher education.

In addition to our events delivered by Durham University, we work in partnership with other external organisations to provide further opportunities for young people.

What are Access Partnerships events?

Access Partnership events are delivered by Durham University to provide information, raise aspirations and develop skills of young people. Our activities mainly focus on Year 9-11 although we may occasionally offer opportunities for younger age groups. If you are interested in opportunities beyond Year 11 then you may wish to see our Sutton Trust, Supported Progression and Visit Us pages.

Each event will have its own objectives and may be targeted at particular age groups. You can see the full range of our events and their objectives for each age group by browsing our website. We also offer events exclusively for parents and carers if your child takes part in one of our programmes.

Why are we working with your child?

Durham University seeks students with exceptional academic potential and recognises that some students may, for various reasons, have not had the same opportunities as other young people in order to fulfil that potential.

Not all students on our programmes will fit this profile, however some common barriers that might affect access to higher education include if a young person…

  • is the first generation in their family to attend university
  • comes from a neighbourhood with low overall progression to higher education or socio-economic deprivation
  • is (or has been) looked after, accommodated or in care
  • is from other underrepresented groups at Durham University or within higher education

We aim to work with students who have strong academic potential (typically in top 10% of year group) and who meet our eligibility criteria in order to provide advice and support to help them fulfil their potential.

How can we support parents and carers?

Access Partnerships offers events for parents and carers in order to provide information about higher education, options at GCSE and A level (or respective equivalents) and supporting your child or young person through this demanding time in their lives. We recognise that parents and carers wish to know more information about the important decisions their child or young person will be making.

We are always happy for parents and carers of pre-16 students to contact us.