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The Higher Education Partnership

The Higher Education Partnership (HE Partnership) was established in 2012 in order to continue some of the most effective work that had previously been delivered through Aimhigher. The initiative aims to raise aspirations amongst students in schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Partnership itself is between the University of Cambridge, other higher education institutions (from both within and outside the region), and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools.

We believe that together we’re able to give students in Years 9-11 a strong sense of their own ability and their higher education options through impartial information and advice and a wide range of activities based in schools and university departments.

Who is eligible for HE Partnership activities?

The HE Partnership has established links with schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. These schools have been identified as having lower than average progression rates to higher education. Through HE Partnership engagement students, particularly those from family backgrounds that have no previous experience of higher education, can gain knowledge and confidence that will help to form their own educational choices in the future.

Events and activities

The HE Partnership works with individual partner schools to design tailored programmes of aspiration raising activity for their targeted learners. All HE Partnership events and activities are designed to support learners with the academic potential to make higher education a realistic goal, but who may lack the confidence or understanding of key concepts to believe that it’s relevant to them.

Our partners

The HE Partnership works closely with a range of state-maintained schools and academies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including:

  • Coleridge Community College, Cambridge
  • Cromwell Community College, Chatteris
  • Ely College, Ely
  • Ernulf Academy, St Neots (formerly St Neots Community College)
  • Jack Hunt School, Peterborough
  • Ken Stimpson Community College, Peterborough
  • Neale-Wade Academy, March
  • Nene Park Academy, Peterborough
  • North Cambridge Academy, Cambridge (formerly Manor Community College)
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy, Peterborough
  • Parkside Community College, Cambridge
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey
  • St John Fisher Roman Catholic High School, Peterborough
  • The Voyager Academy, Peterborough
  • Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech
  • Witchford Village College, Witchford

Several HE Partnership activities are delivered in collaboration with other higher education institutions. These partners include:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • The University of East Anglia
  • The University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Nottingham

Contact HE Partnership

HE Partnership Team
T 01223 765513
E hepartnership@admin.cam.ac.uk