Push is a refreshing and powerful way to support widening participation and outreach initiatives. We are a not-for-profit organisation that supports school-leavers and students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds (but not exclusively) to make well informed decisions about their futures and to have the skills and resources to make their choices a reality. We never ‘sell’ a specific university to students as that is not what we’re about. We collaborate with universities as an independent and impartial third party, to ensure students are deeply informed about how varied their higher education path can be, and how the best university for them is the one that matches their needs the best. We also inspire students who would never have thought of university before to now consider it. We want the right people to go to the right institutions, so they are set on the path to personal and professional success – which is surely what every HEI should want from their applicants (or non applicants) too.
WHAT DO WE DO?
HEIs are now bound by OFFA to ensure they provide high-quality (and innovative) outreach to schools and colleges, in the most impartial manner possible, and HEFCE has specifically highlighted that this outreach should be with respected third parties – to ensure a more independent tone and not subtle marketing. Each year we visit hundreds of schools and colleges to deliver presentations and interactive training to inspire, engage and inform 1,000s of young people on the benefits of going to university, and to then connect them with well-suited opportunities. By combining your outreach and WP initiatives with Push, you’re also hugely helping out schools – as they are required by Ofsted and DfE to provide impartial and independent careers education – which can be a barrier to some HEIs going into schools, as you are not fully impartial. By helping Push speak to students about university, you’re not only ticking your OFFA and HEFCE boxes, you’re helping a school tick theirs.
How can we support you?
After our live engagement, we offer a follow up service of information and advice via email, directly to them. We currently have over 30,000 UK students that have opted into receiving our free monthly newsletter.
For HEIs, we’re able to capture a significant amount data from students (at their own accord of course), including email addresses which they may provide us with, should they like to be contacted about more opportunities from your institution. This means there is a cost-effective and simple process for HEIs: we inspire them and inform them of the differing and exciting opportunities the university experience offers, then gather details of the ones who have specifically expressed an interest in your institution. We then hand these over to your team within days (we can collate the feedback or leave it to you), so you can follow up with the young people who feel you offer them exactly what they want from the next few years of their lives.