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The North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP) is a partnership of all of the universities and colleges in the North East region. We are working together to support young people in the North East think about their futures and how higher education can help them reach their goals. 

We aim to increase awareness of higher education opportunities and progression pathways for young people and help both them and their key influencers understand what the higher education opportunities available in the North East.


FutureMe is the programme of activity that will be offered to students by NECOP in targeted areas and schools. Students taking part in FutureMe will have access to a range of activities and events to support them in considering their future options and learning about educational pathways available to them. By taking part in FutureMe activities we want young people to: 

  • Have the opportunity to plan for their future and gain an understanding of what can support them in reaching their goals
  • Have access to high quality information and support to help them consider whether higher education is the right option for them 
  • Have an increased awareness and understanding of higher education opportunities and progression pathways in the region.

The Uni Connect Programme 

NECOP is part of the Uni Connect Programme which is funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Uni Connect involves 29 consortia across England who are all working to support the government's aims to: 

  • double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020
  • increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups
  • address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in HE.

The 29 partnerships will deliver programmes of collaborative outreach in specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels.

You can find out more about the Uni Connect Programme by visiting the Office for Students website