What we offer
LiNCHigher are dedicated to providing young people with the information, advice, guidance and inspiration they need to make an informed decision regarding their Higher Education pathways. We believe that when everyone has equal access to education & training, our society and communities grow together.
We focus on
- Support – We support the needs of young people, their parents/carers and schools and colleges in making informed decisions about their future within Higher Education.
- Facilitate – We develop and facilitate activities and workshops in schools, colleges and community groups to help engage and inspire young people in thinking about their careers, and the various pathways in Higher Education available to them.
- Evaluate – We evaluate activities which provide the greatest impact to young people, understanding what works for young people and what barriers exist for them in their transition to Higher Education.
The LiNCHigher Team
Our team facilitate sessions in schools and colleges, organise and run events and provide support for trips to university and college campuses. We also work with parents and carers and the local community to ensure that young people across Lincolnshire are fully supported.
Our central team are based at Bishop Grosseteste University, and we have also worked to embed LiNCHigher representatives across three of our partner institutions, including The University of Lincoln, Boston College and Lincoln College. Together, as a team, we work to facilitate, signpost and deliver impartial information and guidance to individuals within our area.
You can find out more about our team below:
LiNCHigher in action
The Future Focus Pop Up Event at The Waterside, Lincoln, with our partners.
Working with our partners: Grantham College IoT Opening
Student Researchers Event with students from Boston College
Our programme is designed for students in Years 10-13 to improve progression to Higher Education. Our work, like all Uni Connect partnerships, is guided by the OfS, and so our remit adjusts each year with renewed guidance. The programme we develop includes a progression framework of termly outcomes addressing our target students' identified needs.
The framework focuses on:
- improving our student's understanding and preparedness to enable them to make informed choices about the specific requirements through which students can realise their aspirations for transitions between Key Stages.
- improving their passion and ambition enabling students to explore, identify and articulate their passions and aspirations giving positive incentives for choosing post-16 and post-18 pathways.
Our programme is designed for specific year groups, as well as those with the greatest barriers to Higher Education, and are delivered by our experienced education and outreach professionals from LiNCHigher, and from across our partners. We facilitate delivery in schools & colleges, both in person and virtually, as well as through our online learning platform LiNCHigher Learning, our resources, and the information you can find across our Future Focus website.
Working with communities
‘People can learn in many different ways and contexts and if the society in which they live regards learning as a normal activity for people of all ages then everyone is likely to be effectively engaged in some form of education of their choice’.
Our programmes work to promote learning and social development for individuals and groups in the local area. All of these programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants.
We provide training, education, employment and personal development opportunities to make a positive difference within the local area. We have developed relationships with several well established community organisations providing specific targeted support for underrepresented groups – including Care Experienced students, students from Armed Forces families and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students. Our aims are very similar to the work that takes place in schools and colleges which is to support individuals to make well-informed decisions about their future education and to provide opportunities to reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups.
Working with mature learners
As well as the focus and support we provide young people, we have also provided information and signposting for mature learners seeking to access or return to education. This is provided by a range of partners, and information is shared through this site including guides, videos and events. Our focus to inform and inspire mature learners strengthens our belief that education and training is for everyone, whatever their educational background or future aspirations, to help our society and communities grow together.