The Right Honourable Nick Gibb, Member of Parliament and Minister of State for School Standards, UK.
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Mobilising Researchers Globally
Higher education is an engine of social mobility, supporting positive economic and social outcomes for young people from under-served communities. However, across developing and developed countries, a young person’s chances of progressing to university and completing an undergraduate education are significantly influenced by socio-economic background.
AccessEd seeks to tackle the problem of unequal access to higher education by supporting local partners to design and pilot new university access programmes. These programmes adapt and implement our approach to mobilising research communities to share their academic expertise with schools.
PhD researchers are uniquely placed to help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed to access higher education. This model grew out of the UK education system and started with The Brilliant Club. The Brilliant Club now works with over 11,000 young people and there is growing evidence that its programmes are delivering significant impact.
AccessEd exists to unlock the potential of PhD researchers across the world to support young people from under-represented backgrounds access university.
We are currently incubating new university access programmes in five countries. These local programmes belong to the AccessEd global network which exists to connect university access innovations, share best practice and advocate for our mission globally.