Creating a global network of university access programmes

We partner with universities and higher education institutions globally to:

Attract a pipeline of under-represented students to university
Train your postgraduate community in public engagement, development and impact
Improve your social outreach and education links in the community

Delivery model – how do we work with universities?

AccessEd delivers programmes for you, including:

Recruitment, training, project management of PhD researchers
Establishing links with schools; managing school and teacher relationships
Pupil recruitment and enrolment
End-to-end programme management, including running programme launch, graduation and tutor sharing events and tutorial coordination
Impact evaluation

We’ve worked in South Africa, Ireland, Botswana, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Switzerland, Taiwan and the US so far.

Get in contact here to have a conversation about your country and university.


About Our International Work

Equal access to higher education remains an issue for pupils worldwide. AccessEd was founded to equip partners globally to deliver university access programmes in their country.

What we do

We identify high-potential education entrepreneurs (individuals, organisations and university hubs) in countries around the world
We share our ‘programme blueprint’ of working with postgraduate university students as engaging, inspiring tutors for under-served young people.
We work with partners to design a programme, adapting the ‘blueprint’ to fit their region's university access needs.
We help partners to deliver and then evaluate their university access programmes
We invest in the development of education entrepreneurs as leaders and organisations to scale their solution nationally.

Countries we work in

Click on the map to read about our different international programmes.

The ‘Blueprint’ – The Scholars Programme

Based on an independently evaluated model developed by The Brilliant Club in the UK, the programme blueprint harnesses the passion and expertise of postgraduate students at local universities around the world.

What does the programme consist of?

Postgraduate students are recruited and trained to becomes tutors to disadvantaged young people.

Postgraduate students write a coursebook: they use their authentic research to engage, stimulate and encourage pupil academic development.

Tutorial structure delivered in schools, community centres or prisons, where tutors encourage university-style learning.

Launch and graduation events, and enrichment workshops, providing a holistic and celebratory experience for pupils.

Why this blueprint?

Not just subject knowledge: instils the learning skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of pupils that boost exam attainment, including critical thinking and independent study.

Uses effective targeting criteria to reach students in communities which need it the most.

Robust impact evaluation.

Helps local universities maximise their internal expertise and resources whilst directly addressing the goal of widening participation.

Post-graduate researchers are uniquely placed as experts in their field to support academic development of young learners.