Educational Partnership, Skills and Employment

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We will target our activities in support of some of our most disadvantaged communities across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to help raise educational attainment.

We will collaborate with, and as, major local employers to develop ‘skills for the future’, ensuring that opportunities are visible and accessible to our local communities.

In order to achieve this we will: 

  • Develop our educational partnership and opportunities.

  • Create skills for the future.

  • Create improvement in local employment practice

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Our partnership employs more than 70,000 local people. Our new collaborative EDI Taskforce will work to influence recruitment, retention, and progression across the partnership.

It will take forward collaborative project ideas, ranging from simply sharing good practice and resources, through to more ambitious and innovative proposals to influence recruitment, retention, and progression across our organisations. We look forward to sharing further progress on this important and exciting agenda in 2024.

Raising educational attainment

Both universities target outreach activities in support of our most disadvantaged communities across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, just one part of a wider programme of activity that looks to raise educational attainment and support progression to university.

In total, Widening Participation teams, across both universities, delivered more than 1,500 events and activities in 2021, working with over 60,000 students ranging from primary through to all stages of secondary school and post-16 education

Welcoming and supporting those seeking sanctuary: Joint University of Sanctuary award

In July 2022, the universities were jointly awarded University of Sanctuary status in recognition of our efforts to welcome and support refugees and forced migrants, making Nottingham the first city in the country to have two universities receive a joint award.

Both universities, alongside their Student Action for Refugees (STAR) groups, actively collaborate in their efforts to create the most welcoming and accessible environment possible to people seeking sanctuary, contributing to a city-wide culture of welcome and support.