Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Widening Participation (WP) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) delivers outreach and engagement activities to targeted groups of young people that are under-represented in Higher Education.
This includes care leavers, young people whose parents or carers have not been to university, young carers, pupils with disabilities, black and ethnic minority pupils and white working class boys. Through the programme, a range of activities are provided to raise aspirations and encourage young people to aim high in their progression and future choices.
Through the programme, MMU works with a number of schools, charities, organisations and community groups to widen the reach of its support. This commitment led to a partnership with Mosaic, as Hannah Wilson, WP Officer at MMU explains.
She said: “We wish to support local and regional initiatives that engage groups of young people. Working with Mosaic has enabled us to access some schools that we have not previously worked with, professionals that we may not have engaged with and primarily parents, whom we struggle to engage in many of our programmes.”
Hannah added: “Mosaic is a fantastic organisation that puts young people and community groups at the heart of what they do. We hope all of the young people will realise their potential through our respective programmes and that perceived barriers will not be made a reality.”