The Kent and Medway Progression Federation is a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Kent and 40 schools in Kent and Medway.
Collaboratively, we work to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people from challenging backgrounds who might not otherwise consider progression to higher education. The vast majority of young people with whom we work are from disadvantaged backgrounds or comprise first generation higher education applicants, meaning they are the first in their immediate family to go to university.
KMPF was originally established in 2011 when the national Aimhigher programme came to an end. It is one of just a handful of remaining partnerships in the country to have continued beyond the cessation of central government funding in 2011, thanks to the support and contributions of its member organisations. Its longevity evidences the commitment and passion of colleagues within our local universities, schools and local authorities towards ensuring that every young person who has the potential to benefit from HE – regardless of their family background – has the opportunity to participate and succeed.
KMPF is entirely sustained through the commitment and contributions of our partner organisations:
- Our three university partners offer a free programme of outreach events to students within 40 schools in Kent and Medway (in areas where few people progress to HE).
- Our schools nominate a member of staff (known as a Progression Mentor) to identify students who can benefit most from outreach opportunities, and to book suitable activities that the universities have on offer. Progression Mentors also support KMPF’s evaluation of the impact of outreach activities by conducting baseline questionnaires with students.
- The KMPF Support Team undertake evaluation of the programme, provide support to Progression Mentors, and play an important national role in policy development around widening participation in HE.
KMPF has oversight of the Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP).
Nationally, this work of KaMCOP falls under the banner of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), an Office for Students (OfS) funded project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
KaMCOP is required to focus its work to engage with and raise the aspirations of young people from specific geographical locations in Kent and Medway.