Professor Linda Drew, Director of Ravensbourne said:
‘We welcome the news today that BIS and HEFCE are supporting a new national network to help more young people access higher education. Ravensbourne is proud to be a part of this initiative and welcomes this increased focus on widening participation in higher education amongst disadvantaged students.
As one of the top 3 HEIs in England singled out by the CentreForum think tank in 2014 for social mobility [note 1], we have consistently demonstrated our commitment to producing industry-ready graduates with the skills, aptitude and ambition to succeed in the creative industries, irrespective of background.
We have strong connections with partner schools and colleges in London and across the UK, and look forward to deepening these further through the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) programme [note 2], ensuring that those who want to, have the opportunity to benefit from a higher education in the creative industries.’
1 The Social Mobility Graduate Index (SMGI)
This index is designed to indicate the success of individual universities in priming all students to achieve professional graduate employment. Published in May 2014 by the think tank CentreForum. PDF
2 National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NCCO)
The networks are funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and managed by HEFCE.