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Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming (HEART)


The University of Bradford is a member of a collaborative network of the twelve West Yorkshire Universities and Colleges offering higher education and delivering collaborative outreach in the region. This network is called HEART (Higher Education Access Rewarding Transforming).

Early agreement by the network for activity was based on two broad remits:

  • Collaboration in respect of outreach activity for hard to reach groups and;
  • Representing partners on the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Network and through this working to support LEP Sector Priority Areas in respect of higher level skills to drive the economy.

Through the Director of Student Success the university is a board member of HEART and has a place on the two sub committees that are its delivery arms; widening participation and business engagement.

To keep abreast of activity directly, partner team members are encouraged to check out and favourite the HEART website and connect with them on LinkedIn – HEARTPartnership.

A brief summary of some of the highlight outcomes of the last three years include:

  • Growing substantial recognition for working with and supporting young people in care/care leavers to progress to higher education, forming robust networks with local authorities and foster carers and culminating in delivering the National Lecture during National Care Leavers Week 2014, the first time this had taken place outside London and Cambridge.
  • Delivering a series of roadshows, culminating in a campus based event for deaf learners and seeing substantial numbers of these learners progressing into higher education.
  • Securing the HEFCE supported Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for 11-18 state funded schools in West Yorkshire and through this attracting over £1 million pounds for partners.
  • Securing a BIS funded project relating to credit transfer for professional leadership and management qualifications into undergraduate and post graduate courses bringing £140K into the 11 partners engaged.
  • Influencing the LEP European Single Investment Framework team to incorporate key asks of partners into their proposed interventions including outreach activity, placement/internship support and higher level skills support with a potential £14 million pounds available when calls open in late 2015.
  • Delivering a series of ‘meet the business’ Shine On events into schools linking LEP sector priorities to HE course options.
  • Establishing a ‘Higher Level Skills Ambassador’ role and recruiting, to date, 36 business leaders willing to advocate and promote the value of working with colleges and universities.

If you wish to get in touch directly with HEART please do so by contacting Ian, David and Tracey (SPoC) via