The University of Leeds has partnered with national charity IntoUniversity to establish two community learning centres to provide academic support to young people in East Leeds (Harehills) and South Leeds (Beeston).
Young people from Britain's poorest backgrounds face a considerable educational disadvantage and those living in large metropolitan areas, such as Leeds, experience significant educational inequality. In Leeds, approximately 12% of children who are entitled to free school meals progress to university, compared to 32% of all students nationally.
To address this inequality we work alongside IntoUniversity with over 850 young people each year - between the ages of 7 and 18 - providing a programme of academic support, motivation and encouragement through:
- after school assistance with homework, coursework, literacy and numeracy
- mentoring programmes in which young learners are paired with a University student
- specifically designed study weeks
- campus visits to gain an insight into student life