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Improving social mobility in our local community

IntoUniversity is an educational charity providing local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre, IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain their chosen aspiration, including further and higher education, employment and work-based training.

IntoUniversity operates 41 centres in 24 communities across England and Scotland, offering a safe space for children and young people to learn, explore, and succeed. Being in neighbourhoods over the long term and building relationships with local families and organisations – including Christ Church – means that IntoUniversity centres are a trusted part of the communities in which they are based.


Christ Church believes that the brightest and most ambitious students from all backgrounds should have access to higher education. We believe that a diverse student population is the best student population, that diversity in itself is a rich source of learning, and that finances should never be a barrier to learning.

This mission begins at home. Since 2014, Christ Church and the University of Oxford have supported the IntoUniversity Oxford South East Centre in Blackbird Leys, tackling educational inequality in our local community. The need is great: in Oxford, 29% of children live below the poverty line, approximately 9 children in every classroom of 30. This is especially concentrated in the Blackbird Leys area. However, by working with IntoUniversity, we can help to support students in disadvantaged areas through a series of evidence-based programmes, enabling them to achieve their full potential.

IntoUniversity begins working with children from age 7, helping to tackle inequalities early and improve outcomes for disadvantaged students.

A series of programmes are available for students, delivered by trained staff and volunteers – which includes students from Christ Church. The content taught includes learning about higher education, academic taster classes, and myth-busting. Parental engagement is encouraged, and in addition to academic focuses, students also have access to sessions on finance and budgeting, dealing with change, and communication skills.

Students also receive pastoral and emotional support, consistent engagement, and an inclusive, safe and welcoming space. IntoUniversity’s approach ensures that students have not only information about university life and study, but also the practical skills and confidence which facilitate their ability to excel. All of these factors produce excellent results. 60% of students who work with the IntoUniversity Oxford South East centre progress to Higher Education, compared to a 14% local average.

Our support of IntoUniveristy over the last 10 years has helped to transform young lives in Oxford. We thank you in advance for your generosity, as we ensure this vital work continues.

“Young people growing up in Britain’s least privileged neighbourhoods have always faced an uphill struggle… IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve.”


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