Project information

Volunteer tutors for disadvantaged young people

Today, a young person in the UK is six times less likely to reach a top university if their parents are poor (UCAS 2015).

You can change that for disadvantaged young people across England by supporting The Access Project's Big Give campaign to recruit more volunteers and work with more schools.

January 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: The Access Project

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  • Need


    If your parents are poor, then you are significantly less likely to get the grades required to reach a top university, or to even apply to a top university.

    This university access gap has a long-lasting and severe effect for disadvantaged young people: on average, you will earn far less during your lifetime if you don't graduate from a top university.

    Research suggests that the gap also costs the UK £140bn a year (Sutton Trust 2010).


    You can help young people to transform their life prospects by donating to The Access Project through The Big Give.

    Each young person who enrols with The Access Project benefits from the time of two mentors: a volunteer tutor and an in-school University Access Officer.

    The programme works - disadvantaged young people increase their grades and their likelihood of reaching a top university by joining The Access Project.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support more than 200 additional young people within a year (today, we help 1,000).


    » Your donation will achieve this by growing our network of partner schools, each of which are based in deprived areas of London and the Midlands.

    Success will be new partner schools joining the programme so young people at school there can benefit from the programme.

    Aim 2

    To match each disadvantaged young person with a volunteer tutor to increase their grades.


    » Your donation will help to recruit and train the hundreds more volunteers needed to tutor a disadvantaged young person within a year.

    Evaluations show that Access Project volunteer tutor led tutorials are worth an average additional nine months' teaching time. Success will be continuing or improving on that.

  • Impact


    "Sometimes, it's a bit like. Wow. I feel I represent a a group of people who are normally disadvantaged" said Salimah.

    Today, Salimah is a second year student at Oxford University. She is going places. When she joined The Access Project, she was frustrated at the lack of opportunities to push herself at school; she didn't know anyone who went to university (or a top university).

    Your donation can bring that same, intensive support to young people like Salimah across London and the Midlands.


    Schools contribute financially to the programme.

    This is important - it improves our sustainability and helps to ensure the school's commitment to the programme's success.

    However, today's challenging funding climate for schools may prevent some schools (and, therefore, their students) from joining the programme.


    Supporters will receive an online copy of our Impact Report, highlighting the charity's achievements during the year (from number of students supported to the proportion of young people on the programme who reached a top university).

    We would gladly call or meet Project Champions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Recruiting volunteer tutors Volunteer tutors help disadvantaged young people to increase their grades
      £5,000 Bringing in new schools We want to grow our network of partner schools (currently 31) so more young people can benefit
  • Background


    This project will support disadvantaged young people at school in deprived areas across London the Midlands.


    Your donation will support disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 18.

    Over 90% of young people on the programme will be receiving free school meals, be eligible for pupil premium, or live in a postcode with very low access to university.

    Many young people who your donation supports will face other challenges, such as caring for a family member or being in care.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This programme works. Evidence shows that your donation will transform young people's life prospects.

    For example, a recent control group study demonstrated that a disadvantaged young person significantly increases their likelihood of reaching a Russell Group university by joining the programme (31% vs. 20%).

    Young people thrive through the programme. “I think The Access Project is a great opportunity... it gives us the chance to learn more about our choices for the future

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Suzanne Janes

    Suzanne is The Access Project's Volunteer Manager. She leads on recruiting, training and supporting our many excellent tutors.

    Andrew Berwick

    As our Director, Andrew is passionate about continuously improving the programme; he is driving the process of growing the programme too.