All our news and exciting events from 2009.
Santa Fun Run 2009
After the success of Santa Fun Run 2008, thirty IU staff and volunteers made their way to Greenwich Park on a wet December morning to once again don some ridiculous Father Christmas outfits and run 5km around the park. For those new to the event, it was all going well until they discovered the hill halfway along the route… The group raised over £8000. Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to those who gave sponsorship or lent their support.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge
IU took part in ‘The Big Give’ matched giving campaign this Christmas, which helped us to raise over £85,000 in just a few days! Thank you to all those who donated through the scheme and helped us to reach such an amazing target.
The Big Give is funded by the Reed Foundation.
A new Chair of Trustees
We are delighted to announce that James Lambert will be stepping forward as our Chair of Trustees from December 2009.
James was educated at Harrow School and read Law and History of Art at the University of Cambridge. He is now a Director of Lisburne Holdings Ltd and he is also a Director of Value Retail plc which develops and operates factory outlet centres including Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.
James was first involved with IU as a participant in the 2006 Symposium about IntoUniversity's long term future and is one of our original Trustees. He was instrumental in securing start-up funding for the organisation and in bringing on board some significant individual donors.
We are delighted be working with him in this capacity; we have all been impressed by James’ enthusiasm for the charity.
"IU has achieved an extraordinary amount in the relatively short time it has been operating and I relish the challenge of helping to guide the next phase of its expansion."
The brand new Secondary FOCUS Programme
IntoUniversity has launched its Secondary FOCUS Programme, an innovative set of workshops for Years 11-13.
The sessions are designed to give students a clear understanding of what a university is, why they should aspire to enter Higher Education, what impact it will have on their future lives and what qualifications they need to attain to apply to university.
The programme has already had positive feedback from students and teachers.
"I have learnt new skills that will help me throughout college" - Year 12 Student
"I found the presentation about the courses and universities very helpful and I would change my ways to make sure I go to uni." - Year 11 Student
Alan Milburn MP launches cross-party report at IU
Alan Milburn MP visited IntoUniversity North Kensington to launch a significant new government report into social mobility: Unleashing Aspiration. Up to seven million more professionals are likely to be needed in Britain by 2020 as the global economy expands. A new focus is therefore needed, the report says, to unleash aspiration in all children and make social mobility the number one social policy priority for this and future governments. IntoUniversity is highlighted in the report as one of the ways of addressing educational inequality.
Alan Milburn commented, "In more disadvantaged communities we need to systematically raise the aspirations of those youngsters and families who simply do not believe they will ever progress. It's not that many young people do not have aspirations. It is that they are blocked."
The report, Unleashing Aspiration, is available in both full and summary form on The Cabinet Office website: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk
National Recognition for IntoUniversity
IU North Kensington has been awarded Advanced Quality in Study Support (QISS) status - one of only 35 education providers in the UK to be given this accolade. QiSS is the national standard for good practice in the field, and is based on the DCSF Study Support Code of Practice.
The scrutiny team applauded our welcoming environment, our relationships with young people, our management, our sustainability and our strong teamwork. This is a significant accolade for IntoUniversity and The ClementJames Centre, and we are proud to be recognised as a leading national provider of study support.
IntoUniversity contributes to Whitehall Panel on Fair Access to the Professions
IntoUnversity was invited to make a formal submission to the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions chaired by Alan Milburn MP. The Panel has been concerned to find out why it is still so difficult for young people from deprived backgrounds to enter the professions.
Our Chief Executive, Dr Rachel Carr, reported to the panel that the principal barrier to young people is a lack of knowledge and aspiration. The panel published its initial report in April. We look forward to the publication of the Final Report this summer and the Government's response.
The Chance of a Lifetime Auction 2009
IntoUniversity hosted a highly successful Promises Auction. The Chance of a Lifetime Auction 2009 took place on the 28th January at St James’ Church, Notting Hill. Over 100 people attended the auction where they bid on a series of fantastic promises, the proceeds of which will support the work of IntoUniversity.
We raised over £58,000, and these funds will allow us to continue our vital work helping disadvantaged children in London.
IU Bow is officially launched!
The official opening of IntoUniversity Bow, on 15th January 2009, saw representatives from schools and local government and children and young people from the surrounding area gathering to officially launch the IntoUniversity project in Tower Hamlets. The centre is based in St Paul’s Church, Bow and has already proved very popular with local students.