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Aim Higher

Aimhigher was a national programme that formally closed on 31st July 2011 after nearly a decade's worth of activity. It aimed to widen participation in higher education by raising HE awareness, aspirations and attainment among young people from under-represented groups.



The role of Aimhigher was to:

  • Raise aspirations and motivation to enter HE among young people from under-represented groups
  • Raise attainment of potential students from under-represented groups so that they gain the academic or vocational qualifications that will enable them to enter HE
  • Strengthen progression routes into HE via vocational courses
  • Offer information, advice and guidance to potential students and their teachers and families

SW Aimhigher STEM Activities

Over the years, Aimhigher partnerships in the SW undertook a range of STEM-related activities. In addition to our Good Practice Guide, reports on the below activities might be of interest / provide inspiration:

Masterclasses in Engineering & Construction

Renewable Energy Day

Exploring Science

Forensic Science Event

Science Mentoring

Greenpower Car Challenge

Engineering & Technology Challenge Days

Robotics Challenge


Girls into Engineering