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HEPP background and origins

HEPP is the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

HEPP covers the Sheffield City Region, and we

  • provide targeted and effective activities for schools and colleges to help prepare their students to make decisions about higher level study
  • focus on widening participation and entry into higher education and higher level skills
  • provide accurate, independent and impartial information and advice to enable potential students to make the right decisions about their future, wherever that may be
  • are jointly funded by Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield
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The partnership builds on the success of Aimhigher South Yorkshire and the Higher Futures Lifelong Learning Network.

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HEPP was created in 2011 in response to a number of changes which affected progression to higher education, and in particular the progression of students who are disadvantaged.  These include the end of Aimhigher and Higher Futures, changes in student finance and fair access requirements, and the reduction of impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education in schools and colleges.

We work in collaboration with

  • universities and other higher education institutions in the City Region (including higher education in further education settings)
  • schools
  • colleges
  • local authorities
  • employers
  • training providers
  • community groups

Visit our partnership network  section for more details.

Ongoing developments

Early in 2015 HEPP received additional short term funding from HEFCE to become the local part of the National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).

The role of HEPP&CO, the Sheffield-City-Region network, was to provide a single point of contact to help teachers and advisers in the Sheffield City-Region find out about higher education outreach activity in the area and to provide general advice about progression into higher education.

The NNCO project has now finished, but the website of activities has been maintained as the hepphub page.

In 2017, the partnership were involved in the successful bidding for further HEFCE funding for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. HEPP are working closely with the South Yorkshire NCOP - HeppSY+ to deliver targeted outreach work in 45 target wards in the area.


We look forward to working with you, your colleagues and students, in the future!

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