SLN:COP Innovation Funding is a new approach to developing partnerships between university academics, community organisations and a wider network of further education stakeholders to develop a series of  outreach programmes based in community and alternative settings that seek to address and tackle barriers of progression into higher level learning.

This funding stream invited applications to address ways for partnerships to bring together community knowledge with academic perspectives to support targeted young people to explore and address:

  • their aspirations for the future
  • their views of post 18 study programmes and,
  • the challenges and barriers associated with engaging with these

We were looking for projects to develop activities in two main strands:

  1. New Evidence – gather new insights, evidence and information
  2. New Approaches – activities and interventions that put new ideas about supporting young people with their aspirations and barriers into practice.

We are pleased to announce the following eight projects have been awarded funds of up to a maximum of £8000 per project.  The projects began in February and will run until September 2018:

Beyond the school gates

University of Sussex, University of Portsmouth, West Sussex Parent Carer Forum


Care Leavers reaching university

University of Brighton, The Bridge, Brighton & Hove City Council


Graffiti – a new approach for year 12 learners

University of Chichester, Outside In


Growing STEM

University of Chichester, West Sussex County Council


LGBTQ Youth and access to HE

University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Allsorts Youth Project


Moving through HE (aspirations and expectations of refugee background students)

University of Sussex, Sanctuary on Sea, Hummingbird Project


Raising educational aspirations through participatory action

(Bounce Down: Music Production)

GB Met, Audioactive, University of Brighton


Sussex Writes

University of Sussex, Little Green Pig, Beacon Academy


For further information about any of these initiatives, please email our Innovations Fund Project Manager Debra Vice-Holt