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Who we are

Greater Manchester Higher is a collaborative network.

The partnership is a part of the Uni Connect programme, which will deliver a nationally coordinated approach to working with schools, universities, and colleges to help people access higher education.

Our Year in Brief provides an overview of the activities delivered and the key achievements and successes during 2019/20.

 

Our vision

We aim to improve the provision of information, advice and guidance about progression routes to higher education (HE), alongside offering a menu of activities to raise the aspirations of young people in Greater Manchester.

Our team

Central Team

Sam Kalubowila, Head of Greater Manchester Higher

Sam Kalubowila

Head of Greater Manchester Higher

Jamie Bytheway, Operations Manager

Jamie Bytheway

Operations Manager

sean threlfall, operations manager

Sean Threlfall

Operations Manager

Ian McGarry, Advice and Guidance Manager

Ian McGarry

Information, Advice and Guidance Manager

Mark Burke Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Mark Burke

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Sarah Starkey, Marketing and Communications Officer

Sarah Starkey

Marketing and Communications Lead

Jess Edington Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Jess Edington

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Edit Zsibrita, Project Administrator

Edit Zsibrita

Project Assistant

Naomi Roussak Outreach Hub Lead

Naomi Roussak

Outreach Lead

Amie Richardson Outreach Hub Assistant

Amie Richardson

Outreach Assistant

George Kenyon Outreach Hub Assistant

George Kenyon

Outreach Assistant

Tim Roe Outreach Hub Assistant

Tim Roe

Outreach Assistant

Hub Managers

Elin Bowker-Stewart, Hub Manager Bolton Bury and Rochdale

Elin Stewart-Bowker

Bury, Bolton & Rochdale

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Chris Delaney, Hub Manager Manchester

Chris Delaney

Manchester

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Colin Stanfield, Hub Manager Wigan

Colin Stanfield

Wigan and Leigh

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Vicky Sinfield, Hub Manager Stockport Oldham and Tameside

Vicky Sinfield

Oldham, Stockport & Tameside

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Andrea, Hub Manager for Salford and Trafford

Andrea Dapoto

Salford and Trafford

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Safeguarding

We take the safeguarding of the young people we work with very seriously, please find our safeguarding statement here.

Download Safeguarding PDF

Cancellation Policy

All of our events are free for schools and colleges to participate in, however we have a cancellation policy in the event of less than 14 days notice being given.

Download Cancellation Policy PDF

Governance

Manchester Metropolitan University are the lead institution for the network.

Greater Manchester Higher is governed by a steering group who oversee the strategic and financial aspects of the project. This group meets three times a year and each institution has a representative on the steering group.

Download Governance PDF

Targeting, Monitoring & Evaluation

The overall aim of the  Uni Connect programme is to support the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented group who go into higher education. The programme is collaborative, impartial and targeted.

Our targeting is predominantly based upon learner postcodes. The government has identified 45 electoral wards within the Greater Manchester area where Higher Education participation is lower than expected based on KS4 attainment and this is where we apply the government definition for underrepresented groups.

Please see our Pre 16 targeting and Post 16 targeting sections below for more info.

You can watch our quick ‘step by step’ guide on how to use the Pre-16 target postcode tool:

Postcode Tool video guide 

 

Pre-16 targeting

For any school-organised activity (subject-specific, hub-funded, projects) 66% of learners need to be from a target postcode.

For the remaining 33%, learners from the following groups should be targeted:

  • Looked after children/care leaver
  • Disability (including long term health condition and additional needs)
  • Young Carers
  • Free School Meals
  • First-generation HE
  • Asylum seeker/refugee status
  • Military family/service children

For activities where individual learners sign- up, those who meet postcode criteria will be prioritised, followed by those who meet additional WP criteria.

For 1-2-1s we expect 100% of the learners to be from either a target postcode due to the intensity of the intervention.

Our  postcode tools will help you determine which of your pupils are from our target wards.

We also have a selection of activities available to all state schools. For more information, please see:

Pre 16 All Schools Programme

Pre 16 Postcode Tool

Post-16 targeting

For any school/college-organised activity (subject-specific, hub-funded, projects) 50% of learners need to be from either a target postcode or POLAR 4 Q1 or Q2 postcode.

For the remaining 50%, learners from the following groups should be targeted:

  • Looked after children/care leaver
  • Disability (including long term health condition and additional needs)
  • Young Carers
  • Estranged Students
  • First-generation HE
  • Asylum seeker/refugee status
  • Military family/service children

For activities where individual learners sign- up, those who meet postcode criteria will be prioritised, followed by those who meet additional WP criteria.

For 1-2-1s we expect 100% of the learners to be from either a target postcode or a POLAR 4 Q1 or Q2 postcode due to the intensity of the intervention.

Our  postcode tools will help you determine which of your pupils are from our target wards.

Post 16 Postcode Tool