By the World Access to Higher Education Day team
Last week was a busy time for new supporters as we welcomed five new organisations to our supporter list. Our supporters are educational organisations that have made the decision to support the World Access to Higher Education Day campaign, which aims to bring global attention to inequality in access to higher education and accelerate action. Here is an overview of the organisations that joined us last week.
Leading Routes is an initiative that aims to strengthen the academic pipeline for black students. It explores new ways to address existing challenges in higher education, from a black-led perspective. Leading Routes aims to shift the narrative around higher education for black students and begin an open and honest dialogue with institutions in the sector about how to drive real and sustainable change.
Studyportals began as a spin-off from a couple of large international study associations. It was born out of frustration regarding a lack of information on the fast-growing number of international master’s programmes in Europe. In 2007, Mastersportal was born and proved to be a roaring success. Soon after, bachelors, PhD, short courses and distance learning portals followed suit. Today, Studyportals covers over 170,000 courses at 3,050 educational institutes across 110 countries. In 2017, Studyportals helped over 28 million students around the world to explore study programmes and make an informed choice.
University of Surrey
The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th Century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London. In 2016, Surrey celebrated the 125th anniversary of its foundation. While the institution has evolved significantly in that time, its commitment to first-rate academic activity and real-world solutions has remained constant.
University of Sussex
The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. It has both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent engagement in community activities and services. The university is a leading research institution and features highly in university league tables. Many of its graduates go on to a promising career soon after leaving Sussex.
University of West London
The University of West London aims to inspire students to become creative professionals and connect them to exciting and rewarding careers. Based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, the university has a range of highly qualiﬁed staff, with a wealth of experience in their respective disciplines and strong connections with key industries. The university has a strong reputation for high-quality education closely linked to employment, with its graduates going on to achieve great success in their chosen disciplines and professions.
Become a supporter
Your educational organisation could also help make a difference to our campaign by becoming a supporter. Registering is quick, easy, and has no cost – all we need from you is permission to add your institution’s logo to our list. To register, all you need to do is fill in the quick two-minute form on our Become a Supporter page.
Don’t forget that there are also other ways of getting involved with World Access to Higher Education Day on 28th November 2018. You could attend our UK or Australian conferences, host an event that supports access and success on or around the day or share student case studies as part of our Student Voices campaign.