In October 2017 The University of Hull confirmed The History Troupe as delivery partners for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education (HE). It will run from 2016-17 to 2019-20. Lesley May, Collaborative Outreach Manager was delighted to welcome THT into the team: “THT is well known in the area; producing challenging content rooted in local heritage and strong on building a student’s grasp of possibilities.”

The NCOP programme consists of consortia undertaking outreach activity in geographical areas where the HE participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment. The consortium operating in the Humber region is FORCE (The University of Hull Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement) and THT will be devising and delivering workshops and community performances across the Humber Region.

Andrew Thomson, THT Schools Coordinator is clear: “our repertoire and content pipeline is well suited to the NCOP objectives and, we are building on our work to date in schools to widen the impact”.

THT have elected to call their delivery approach – the Anchor Project. Universities are strong on Research and Teaching; widening participation will depend increasingly on the University’s ANCHOR role within the community – as a employed, curator of heritage and trail blazer on career pathways for students across the Humber Region.

In the coming weeks there will be more detail on available content and coverage will grow as THT dialogue on specific needs will be accelerated with schools across the Humber Region.

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