About Us

The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme aimed to encourage more young people into higher education (HE)

Explore brought together universities and further education colleges into local networks to provide coordinated outreach to schools and colleges.

The Explore University programme was a collaborative scheme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, delivered by 5 Higher Education institutions, that finished at the end of December 2016

Partner institutions continue to be deliver outreach and are also involved in the new National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). To request outreach activities or support from any of the partners please use the contact details below.

If you have any queries about the old Explore University programme please contact The University of Wolverhampton via the contact details provided below.

To find out more information on the NCOP programme please click here.


University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street

University of Wolverhampton

A leading university contributing to knowledge transfer, economic development, wealth creation and social justice. It is a beacon for widening participation in education and The University of Opportunity.

Schools Outreach

Keele University

Keele University

The largest campus-based university in the UK. It is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, strong community spirit and excellent student life with the National Student Survey (2014) placing Keele 1st for overall satisfaction. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 97% of the university's research was classified as world-leading, or of international importance

Keele Outreach

Harper Adams University
TF10 8NB

Harper Adams University

The UK's leading specialist university for agriculture, the food chain and related land-based subjects. It has strong business and research links across the agri-food chain and a consistently high graduate employment rate of 96% or above.

Schools Liaison

Staffordshire University
College Road

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is the connected university. We have created a vibrant and dynamic City Campus with brilliant learning and teaching facilities, good transport links and stimulating social spaces and activities. We aim to be a leading university for digital technologies and continue to invest in other specialist facilities, for example in creating two Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Schools and College Liaison

Telford College of Arts and Technology
Haybridge Road

Telford College of Arts and Technology

TCAT offers a wide range of full-time and part-time vocational study programmes including a range at higher education level. They also offer Apprenticeships, Traineeships, GCSE’s and Vocational Courses. With a first class reputation amongst employers, Telford College has for nearly two decades been at the forefront of workforce development, dedicated to providing work-based training on employer’s premises nationwide.

Schools Liaison Officer