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Study Higher

We work in partnership with a variety of organisations to ensure we deliver a coordinated activity programme to a wide range of learner groups.

Study Higher
Study Higher is a collaborative partnership between Bucks New University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and six Further Education Colleges. We give impartial advice and guidance to young people and those who support them about education opportunities.

Together we provide:

  • A range of events and activities to raise the aspirations of young people and inform them about further and higher education opportunities.
  • Tailored activities to support groups of students who face particular barriers to accessing higher education including Looked After Children and Young Carers.
  • Advice and guidance for schools, teachers, parents and carers to help support young people in making informed decisions.
  • A dedicated website listing all outreach events and activities available locally,

Study Higher is now one of 38 National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and provides a single point of contact for all state-funded secondary schools and colleges in the region covering: Bracknell Forest, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Reading, Swindon, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Some schools belong to more than one network; you can check whether this applies to you on HEFCE’s postcode search tool.

Sign up to the Study Higher newsletter and keep up-to-date with outreach activities across the partnership, by visiting or contact for more information. 

We are an active member of the South East Group of HELOA and take part in events and conferences that are organised by HELOA.

HELOA is the professional association of staff in higher education who work in the field of education liaison and provide guidance and information to prospective higher education students, their families and advisers. Established in 1990, the Association now has over 700 members from 140 Higher Education Institutions from right across the United Kingdom.

Whilst this is not a partnership in the traditional sense, we are working with unitasterdays to support the information available to schools and colleges.  Unitasterdays provide a central portal that lists a variety of events for schools and colleges to book on to.  These events cover a range of topics and could be held at a university or a school or college. 

Unitasterdays also contact schools and colleges throughout the academic year to provide information on a variety of upcoming events across the higher education sector.

You can visit their website to find out more about events across the higher education sector, and also use the tool listed on our events page to find out more about the upcoming events at Bucks.   

We support the work of Connexions to provide young people with impartial advice and guidance about their future options and, particularly, higher education.

Through our Study Higher partnership, we will support the Stay in Learning events scheduled throughout Buckinghamshire in October and November 2015.  These events will be open to both young people and their parents/carers.  For further information please download this event invitation

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We have active partnerships with Buckinghamshire County Council and Hillingdon Borough Council.  We work closely with children and young people’s services and have particularly strong links with the Education of Children in Public Care (ECPC) team at Buckinghamshire County Council and the respective Virtual Schools at both local authorities.

Our partnerships with local authorities allow us to work with children who are either in care or who are leaving care and to support their progression to higher education.