Bright Young Minds
On A Mission.

We work with bright students from disadvantaged
backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised
tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.

What we do

Bright Young Minds On A Mission.

We work with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities.

The Access Project

The Access Project is an innovative education charity that helps bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain places at top universities. Our volunteers are trained and supported to be effective tutors who work with our students for an hour a week to raise their grades. In addition, a dedicated school-based staff member mentors the students so they have the knowledge and support to make strong university applications. Our results show this approach works.

Did you know?
  • Only 2.5 out of every 100 young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds get a place at a top university
  • Young people from the most advantaged backgrounds were 9.8 times more likely to get a place at a top university than the least advantaged

That’s why we work with our partner schools to support their students in overcoming the main barriers to access: not getting the grades their talent warrants; not seeing university as an option for ‘people like them’; and not having the support and guidance to make a competitive application.

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Our programme makes a real difference
  • In 2018 90% of young people on The Access Project applied to a top university compared to 49% of young people from similar backgrounds who we do not support
  • In the same year, 90% of our young people secured a place at university with 57% of them at universities that ask for the highest grades

  • Over the last 3 years our students have made an average half a grade more progress at GCSE than their classmates
“The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.”

Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School, London

The legacy of The Access Project tutor will be felt by these students in the short term, measured by the students in the medium term as they reach their aspirational grades, but really understood and recognised in the long term as these students start careers in places they never thought they could access or even dreamed existed.
Esther Holland, Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls’ School.

Get In Touch

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

The Impact Hub
Walker Building
58 Oxford St
Birmingham B5 5NR

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Safeguarding number:
07542 881 501/020 3960 6592

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000

Get In Touch

Contact info

The Dock
Tobacco Quay
Wapping Lane
London E1W 2SF

The Impact Hub
Walker Building
58 Oxford St
Birmingham B5 5NR

0203 960 6592
info@theaccessproject.org.uk

Safeguarding number:
07542 881 501/020 3960 6592

NSPCC 24 hour line:
0808 800 5000