Further examples of how Russell Group universities are helping to raise attainment

Russell Group universities work extensively with schools and colleges of all types, across the UK, to support teachers to identify and build on potential – and to raise the attainment of pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Cardiff University’s Step-Up to University Programme develops a relationship over three years with pupils in schools from which there have traditionally been low rates of progression to university. Through e-mentoring, general and subject specific events, and by offering guidance during the application process, the programme aims to support secondary school pupils from disadvantaged areas— raising both aspirations and attainment.


Durham University’sSupported Progression two-year programme identifies talented pupils in the North East, Cumbria and West Yorkshire with the potential to study at a university like Durham and who will benefit from additional help and support to reach their full potential.

The University of Glasgow’s Top Up programme helps prepare pupils for the transition from school to university by introducing them to new learning methods and by helping them develop skills such as critical thinking, independent learning and essay writing.

Queen’s University Belfast’s Queen's Academy programme works with pupils across Northern Ireland to develop their potential to study at university. Activities such as residential sessions and masterclasses help to develop pupils’ confidence and enhance their academic skills.

The Student Tutoring Scheme at the London School of Economics and Political Science brings together student tutors and disadvantaged pupils aged 11 upwards from state schools and FE colleges in Greater London for weekly one to one or small group sessions aimed at raising achievement and aspiration.

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