Increasing Access to Education in Nottingham

A group of primary children learning about Chemical Engineering
  • IntoUniversity: 14,000 students in ten years and over 5,000 mentoring hours. Fifty-nine percent of participants progress into higher education at University of Nottingham centers (compared to 15 percent progression rate in the areas where the centers are based).
  • Primary School program: Sixty schools with around 20,000 contact opportunities, including family learning activities.
  • Summer Schools: Almost 4,000 participants, 92 percent of whom decide to pursue higher education.
IntoUniversity Learning Center
  • Maddy, Summer School participant and University of Nottingham graduate: “I didn’t see myself as academically clever, so I never saw Nottingham as a realistic option for me, but summer school gave me so much motivation and confidence to get here. I can’t believe that was five years ago.”
  • IntoUniversity Nottingham East participant: IntoUniversity provides me with a quiet space where I can focus on my school work and progress my learning. I live in a very loud household, so this is really important for me. Spending time at IntoUniversity has developed my communication skills, especially with adults.
  • Primary School teacher: The range of purposeful and engaging activities gives the children the opportunity to think about their futures, including the cast range of career options open to them. The visit to the University of Nottingham gives them a genuine insight into Higher Education; this is especially important for children with no family history of attending university.
Nottingham Ambition program

Who is Lynn?

Lynn Yap is the author of The Altruistic Capitalist and founder of Actv8 Network, an organization focused on increasing the inclusion of women in technology and innovation. She is passionate about working with businesses to do good for people and the planet. Follow her on Instagram @altruisticcapitalist or sign-up for updates at See her in action here:



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Founder of Actv8 Network to increase the inclusion of women in tech. Author of The Altruistic Capitalist, about creating sustainable and prosperous businesses.