About Us

What is the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network?

Who are we?

Anglia Ruskin University is leading the partnership with University Centre Peterborough (UCP), The College of West Anglia and The Skills Service Peterborough to deliver enhanced HE outreach activity across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough network is one of many that have been set up across the country as part of a wider initiative aimed at tackling the low progression of minority groups onto higher education.

We are the CPCO!
We are the CPCO!

What is our 'mission'?

CPCO is committed to widening participation in Higher Education (HE), and in doing so, enhancing the the lives of individuals and the prospects of communities in a society whose opportunities, needs and expectations are constantly changing and evolving. We aim to ensure that all schools, teachers and organisations offering support and guidance can effectively understand and access outreach opportunities across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. 

The purpose of our project is to: 

1) Create opportunities for those ‘traditionally underrepresented’ student groups to experience and become involved in activities that raise their educational aspirations and encourage progression on to higher education. This progression might be into university or into an apprenticeship. 

2) Equip students (but also staff) with the impartial knowledge and information needed to make an informed decision about the best patheway into HE for them by providing a programme of Outreach Activities.

Our activities are designed to promote the benefits of HE by breaking through perceived barriers and thinking through the challenges, giving participants the chance to understand and experience the academic and social aspects of the HE pathway


Who do we work with?

We work hard to develop new, and enhance existing, relationships with schools, colleges as well as partner organisations whose activity and project work aligns with our aim of widening participation in higher education and apprenticeships for those traditionally under represented social groups.

We want to make sure that the people we work with receive all available benefits and enhancements to support them through their journey into HE or apprenticeships. We can offer a range of activities, experiences as well as guidance and support packages to enhance progression into HE and careers programmes. 

We work with students and staff to help raise personal aspirations and help support progression into HE. The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach were set up to provide enhanced support to students such as those that might receive free school meals, be under the care of their local authority, be the first person in their family to progress into HE (we don’t include siblings in this) or face challenges in education, whether that’s a disability or special educational need or english not being their first language.  

We will happily work with all of your students but some of our projects have been specially tailored to meet the needs of these particular groups.


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