Welcome to the Reach Partnership website

REACH supports the progression of under-represented groups into Higher Education and encourages the achievement and attainment of learners throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.



Who are we?

Educational organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire have a long tradition of working together to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people, and encourage and support learners into Higher Education [HE].

The REACH Partnership which was formed in 2013 built on this strong tradition with the over-arching aim of improving the progression prospects of our young people from groups currently under-represented in HE. The partnership encompasses all universities, schools and colleges in the city and county, as well as other key education stakeholders. A core REACH team is also in place, based at the REACH Hub to help coordinate and develop the partnership.

How do we operate?

The majority of Reach Partnership activity is delivered by the three local HEI’s – Loughborough University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University and a further five colleges offering Higher Education–Leicester College, Loughborough College, Brooksby Melton College, Stephenson College and South Leicestershire College.

The Partnership is overseen by a Management Group which meets twice a term to review the work of the Partnership. The management group includes representation from all of our local Higher Education providers, including Colleges that deliver HE, as well as Schools and Colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire and the Local Authorities. REACH also gathers input from school WP coordinators during termly meetings and an annual REACH conference in June. If you would like to attend one of these session please contact the REACH Coordinator for dates.

What do we do?

The Partnership offers a wide range of high quality free activities, events and interventions and these can be accessed on the “Activities” tab of this website. It co-ordinates events for learners aimed at raising aspirations, attainment and progression to FE and HE, it robustly tracks, monitors and evaluates the work.

It's success is dependent on the work and co-operation of all partners. WP Co-ordinators can be assured that when any WP activities are delivered under the Reach banner they will be used to promote generic higher level learning opportunities rather than promoting any individual institution. Recent funding from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council England) has enabled us to broaden the work of the Partnership to encompass enhanced activities for young people with disabilities, and expand the offer from our “College Higher Education” [CHE] providers. Information about all of these, and more, can be found on this website under both resources and activities.