The Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme NCOP funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE.

This national programme is part of the government drive to improve social mobility to which the Prime Minister has given the highest priority.

Following a successful bid, Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation who is leading the project from the University, said: "We are proud to have been recognised by HEFCE as one of the successful consortia for this new programme. I have always been passionate about supporting young people to take part in and reap all the benefits of Higher Education."

The University of Bath is the lead partner of the WIN which will be working with schools and colleges where young people from selected council wards in BANES, North Somerset and Wiltshire are studying. There are thirteen wards in the region where progression to Higher Education is not as high as expected based on GCSE results. The WIN will be supporting them with activities, such as residentials, homework clubs and careers advice as well as employer and university visits.

The programme officially launches in January 2017 and will run through to 2020. The WIN has already established itself and is about to start to improve the life chances for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.