CharityDetail

The Access Project works with high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to top universities. The support of Impetus PEF in programme development and funding has been a transformational partnership that has combined with a healthy mix of income sources, securing many agreements over multiple years. Recent changes at Executive level promise to add a wealth of third sector and leadership experience to the organisation, and the appointment of two new Trustees is particularly significant as they are former programme students in successful careers wishing to give back. Other alumni still at University will also be helping conduct a trail to better understand impact of the programme beyond university admittance and build confidence in long term outcomes. Having overcome challenges of expansion in the East Midlands and implementing new digital resources, they have excelled in providing opportunities for students gaining places at top universities. The considerable impact hopes to continue aiming to work with 2,000 young people by 2020 and of those, 120 in the East Midlands area.
Impact analysis An evaluation performed by Impetus and UCAS in 2017 showed The Access Project students are significantly more likely to apply and receive offers from top third most selective universities, than if they had not accessed the programme. Despite 90% of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, 85% of Year 13 pupils applied for a top third university and over 60% of these were offered places.
What it does
    We help motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top universities.
Who works here
  • 43 employees and 1246 volunteers.
Who it helps
  • Children/young People
Sector(s) covered
  • Education/training
  • Recreation
Where it operates
  • Throughout London, Birmingham City, Nottinghamshire
UN SDGs:
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Financial Data ?
Y/E Income Expenditure Surplus/
Deficit
Assets Months
Reserves
Employees Volunteers Filed on
31/08/2018 £1,984,231 £1,748,562 £235,669 5 43 1246 17/06/2019
31/08/2017 £1,489,917 £1,180,723 £309,194 £607,147 6 32 920 27/04/2018
31/08/2016 £1,012,150 £945,206 £66,944 £297,953 3 27 937 22/03/2017
31/08/2015 £786,971 £751,942 £35,029 £231,009 3 20 1000 16/03/2016
31/08/2014 £524,219 £509,998 £14,221 £195,980 4 16 916 21/07/2015
31/08/2013 £371,237 £362,419 £8,818 02/05/2014
31/08/2012 £218,273 £45,332 £172,941 10/05/2013
Donations received ?

Over the last five years they've received significant donations from 4 grant making charities totalling £1,220,013

Amount/
When
Donor To be used for
£25,000
10/01/2020
The EQ Foundation KAA
£25,000
02/03/2019
The EQ Foundation KAA
£340,000
20/06/2018
Impetus PEF
£20,000
31/05/2018
Garfield Weston Foundation Bright young minds on a mission
£25,000
11/11/2017
The EQ Foundation KAA
£25,000
11/11/2017
The EQ Foundation
£302,500
20/06/2017
Impetus PEF
£113,000
28/02/2017
Nesta Click Connect Learn programme grant to The Access Project Grant Ref AC00626
£39,013
28/02/2017
Nesta Second Half Fund programme grant to The Access Project Grant Ref AC00629
£25,000
15/11/2016
The EQ Foundation
£255,500
20/06/2016
Impetus PEF
£25,000
15/11/2015
The EQ Foundation
How effective is it?
Tutoring programme

Description: Volunteer tutors work with students from partner schools to support them in their GCSE or A-Level studies. In weekly tutorial sessions across the school year (which can be held via Skype), tutors address the topics that students’ teachers think they need most help with. In addition, there are mentoring sessions available to provide advise of universities and courses with one-to-one support and guidance on applications and interviews. Visits to top universities are also organised and The Access Project run a Law Society, Medicine and Dentistry Society and an Oxbridge Society.

Objectives: To increase young people's likelihood of achieving top GCSE or A-Level results and enrolment in a top University

Intervention period: Dependant on individual young persons needs

Beneficiaries: Supporting young people aged 14-18

Outputs Outcomes
31/08/2017-30/08/2018
1336 Students received individual tutoring and university application support 175 Students (57% of Year 13 Cohort) went on to selective universities
17491 Hours of tutorials provided
1166 Volunteer tutors
01/09/2016-31/08/2017
1028 Students in London and the West Midlands received individual tutoring and university application support120 Students (55% of Year 13 Cohort) went on to selective universities
13390 Hours of tutorials provided
920 Volunteer tutors
01/09/2015-30/08/2016
938 Students in London and the West Midlands received individual tutoring and university application support70 Students (54% of Year 13 Cohort) went on to selective universities
13852 Hours of tutorials provided
962 Volunteer tutors
299 Businesses engaged with
01/09/2014-31/08/2015
823 Students in London received individual tutoring and university application support90 Students (over 50% of Year 13 Cohort) went on to selective universities
11819 Hours of tutorials provided
87% Achieved or exceeded GCSE Science target grade
69% Achieved or exceeded GCSE English target grade
67% Achieved or exceeded GCSE Maths target grade
925 Volunteers worked with students
313 Businesses engaged with
Documents
Trustees' Report and Accounts 13th Aug 2017 Programme Report Download Document
Trustees' Report and Accounts 13th Aug 2016 Programme Report Download Document
Trustees' Report and Accounts 13th Aug 2015 Programme Report Download Document
Impetus Report Impact report Download Document
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Management
Andrew Berwick stepped down as CEO in December 2018 after five years. Lucy Ball, the charity’s Programme Director, was acting CEO until Nathan Sansom took up the post February 2019. Nathan’s most recent roles have been within charities focussed on improving life chances for young people. He has been responsible for programme design and scale-up in senior roles at The Challenge Network, Starfish and Frontline. He moved to the third sector from a career in the civil service including serving as the Programme Director responsible for the National Citizen Service, the coalition Government’s flagship youth programme.
Governance
Trustees (12)
  • Neil Mcintosh
  • Jane Newman
  • Jimmy Daboo
  • Mary Elizabeth Curnock Cook (2 trusteeships)
  • Neil Paul Cosgrove
  • Katie Brewis
  • Peter Denison-Pender
  • John Kelly-Jones
  • Andrew Burns
  • Tahmid Chowdhury
  • Fatos Nacakgedigi
  • Emma Leech
Main office

The Access Project, The Dock,
Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane,
LONDON
LONDON
Greater London
E1W 2SF

Legal constitution
  • UK Charity, number: 1143011
  • First registered on 21/07/2011
Objectives

A) TO ADVANCE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUCH WAYS AS THE TRUSTEES THINK FIT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: - MAKING FACILITIES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THEM WITH THE PARTICULAR (BUT NOT LIMITED) AIM OF HELPING THEM WIN PLACES AT UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES OR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION; AND - AWARDING TO OR PROCURING THE AWARD TO THEM OF FINANCIAL OR OTHER SUPPORT. (B) TO PROVIDE FOR THE RECREATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE BY PROVIDING FACILITIES AND SERVICES TO THEM, WITH THE PARTICULAR (BUT NOT LIMITED) AIM OF HELPING STUDENTS GAIN PLACES AT UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES OR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

Neil Mclntosh resigned as Chair in July 2017 to be replaced by Mary Curnock Cook, OBE. From 2010 to 2017, Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS, and held executive and non-executive positions in education, hospitality, food and biotech sectors. She is Chair of Governors at Kensington and Chelsea College and Chair of Governors at Swindon Academy. She is also a Council member at the Open University, a non-exec Director at the Student Loans Company, A Trustee of National Numeracy, and an adviser to the University of Buckingham. Tahmid Chowdhury and Fatos Nacakgedigi are newly appointed Trustees and are of particular significance as they are both former Access Project students, graduated from the programme several years ago who are now forging successful professional careers.