The scheme involved 200 universities and FECs and reached 4,300 secondary schools and colleges through 34 local and 4 national networks.
How did the scheme work?
Each network appointed a single point of contact (SPoC), who:
- helped teachers and advisers find out about the outreach activity which universities and colleges run in their area
- provided general advice about progression into HE.
Each network hosted a website with information about outreach activity and signposted other information to support schools and colleges as they prepared their students for HE.
The three national networks offered support to specific groups of students at national level. These groups were: students wishing to progress to Oxford or Cambridge, older learners wishing to continue or return to study, and care leavers.
Networks and their members
To see the full list of networks and the universities, colleges and other organisations involved in each one see below.
Key policy documents
The scheme finished on 31 December 2016 and we have published the final reports, covering monitoring and evaluation:
- NNCO scheme: Publication of monitoring and evaluation reports (Circular letter 29/2017)
- NNCO monitoring report 2015-16 (HEFCE 2017/14)
- NNCO evaluation report (independent research report)
In February 2016, we published a report which set out the key themes emerging from the first monitoring reports submitted by networks and projects:
- NNCO monitoring report 2014-15 (HEFCE 2016/02)
Funding for the networks
The Government provided £22 million for the NNCO scheme over academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The scheme was managed by HEFCE.
Confirmation of formula funding letter 2015-16
Final allocation for the NNCO 2015-16
Final allocations for the NNCO January 2015
Information on the amount of funding allocated to each institution is available in the documents below.
For any questions or comments about this scheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.