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Welcome to the Partners Support Area. In this section you will find information, resources to support practitioners in ELSEF colleges. It includes the importance of progression and planning guides for implementing a joint progression scheme.

Progression Agreement

The Aim of the Progression Agreement
The prime aim of the Progression Agreement is to promote progression to HE. The Agreement aims to serve both institutions and foster closer collaboration to enable learners studying an Access or HNC/HND course to have direct access to UEL’s higher education degree courses without the need to complete a UCAS application form.

Why Is this Agreement Important?

  • The government is committed to doubling the number of young people entering HE by 2020, based on a series of measures to place education at the heart of their ambition to provide opportunity for all and ensure we are building the skills needed to be competitive in today’s modern economy.

  • The need for more skilled graduates to drive economic growth and improve social-mobility.

The following number of factors that affect young people’s entry rate:

  • Being the first in the family to apply to HE
  • Financial barriers
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Being a young person in care
  • Being a young carer
  • Where a young person lives
  • Low attainment at level 2 

The agreement seeks to address these factors by carefully targeting the students and offer them outreach activities designed to raise attainment and aspirations.

Evaluating and Measuring the Impact
The joint access agreement scheme will be monitored in terms of its effectiveness to increase progression rates for local people to access higher education through the following qualitative and quantitative data sources:

  • Raised aspirations of participants (enhancement learner surveys)
  • Change in perception and increased understanding of higher education (learner survey)
  • Increased applications from the Federation College to UEL degree courses (progression destination data)
  • Improvement in educational attainment (achievement data)
  • Improvement in educational retention (retention data from Federation college)
  • Acquirement of soft transferrable skills (learner survey)

If you are interested in UEL’s Access or HNC/HND Progression Agreements, please contact Yvonne Bentley on

Outreach activities

Outreach activities aim to give young people an insight into what it is like to study at University while supporting their aspirations and attainment. 

They host a variety of university experience activities to showcase Higher education opportunities. 

How can outreach make the most impact?
The following factors all make a difference:

  • Being supported by staff: Students who are supported by a member of staff such as a tutor or careers adviser are more likely to enter higher education.
  • Visiting a university: Paying a visit to the campus and meeting student ambassadors can build positive images and messages.
  • Subject-specific outreach activities: Students who attend activities that are relevant to their subject interest are more likely to enter higher education.
  • Intensive opportunities:  Activities delivered over several days or at a summer school provides the opportunity to experience university student life. 
  • Multiple activities: Students who take part in at least four or more multiple outreach opportunities are more likely to progress to higher education for as they gain more information in order to make an informed choice.

How to book activities
Search and book outreach activities on our Schools and Colleges Events page.


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Progression Scholarship Scheme 2018/19

The ELSEF Scholarship Scheme is designed to give students who attend the member college’s extra financial support while they embark on their studies, and ensure they can contribute positively to the University of East London (UEL).

Successful students will receive £1,000 payable in their first year of study at UEL.

  • How to apply:  See criteria, application process and general terms and conditions below
  • Deadline:  List of nominees must be received by the Scholarship team by the 31/03/2018. Please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form to submit your nominees.
  1. Students will only be eligible for an award if they meet all of the following criteria:
  • fee assessed as Home/EU student
  • progressing directly from an ELSEF member college
  • apply and firmly accept their offer at UEL before 30 June 2018
  • starting a full time undergraduate degree at UEL at foundation year or year 1
  • studying at one of our campuses or on distance learning programmes with fees of £9,250 per year
  • starting an undergraduate degree for the first time at the University in September 2018.
  1. Excludes those studying:
  • with a collaborative partner
  • via online or distance learning with fees under £9,250
  • in receipt of NHS funding
  1. Whilst the ELSEF Scholarship will be awarded by the University, ELSEF colleges will provide the University scholarship team with a list of nominees and a ranked reserve list by the 31/03/2018.  Scholarship Nomination Form
  1. The successful applicants will be contacted before summer 2018. All communication will be sent by email.
  1. Applicants must make a firm acceptance of the offer made to them by the University. Students who have been notified that they will receive an ELSEF Scholarship must enrol with the University in order to receive the award.
  1. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Successful students will only be allowed to hold one scholarship.
  1. Awarded students will receive a payment in to their chosen bank account. We will request the student’s bank details once successful students have fully enrolled.
  1. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the bank details they provide to the University are correct. Incorrect bank details may cause delays in payment. If bank details have not been provided by the end of Term 1, payments will be cancelled without further warning.
  1. Payment of the scholarship will be made in two instalments. Students should expect to receive the first instalment of the cash award via BACS after the third week of teaching at UEL.
  1. The second instalment will only be paid if students have committed fully with the conditions of admittance, UEL’s regulations including our attendance policy and the student code of conduct.
  1. The scholarship payment will not be made if you have overdue debt to UEL, this includes not having SLC funding in place.  Students have the option to have their scholarship transferred to cover/contribute to paying off the debt.
  1. The scholarship will be paid in academic year 2018/19; it will not be renewed or extended beyond this term to cover repeat modules or years.
  1. Any scholarship awarded is subject to you successfully enrolling on a course at UEL in 2018/19 and committing to the full academic calendar.
  1. If an awarded student decides to change programmes, the student will be entitled to keep the scholarship provided that the new course and mode of study meets the eligibility criteria. All changes must be approved by the Director of Student Recruitment and Marketing.
  1. If an awardee student decides to withdraw, the scholarship will terminate at the date of withdrawal. Any payments made to the student will not need to be returned.
  1. The scholarship cannot be exchanged for an alternative award.
  1. The scholarship should be used in the year advertised. If a student defers their start date, the scholarship may be deferred for a maximum of one year at the discretion of the Scholarship team. If the student defers their start date for more than one year, they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
  1. Once a period of study has commenced, should a scholarship holder suspend their studies through the proper channels, their scholarship is similarly suspended and will be recommenced on the resumption of studies.
  1. If the student’s status changes during their study, as a result of information not being provided at the point of application, and the student becomes ineligible, UEL reserves the right to revoke the scholarship and claim back any payments incorrectly made to you.
  1. The ELSEF Scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other scholarships; but does not limit eligibility to bursaries and discounts.
  1. If a student breaks UEL regulations and is withdrawn from study, the scholarship will be immediately terminated and no further support will be available. If the student returns to study at a later date, the scholarship will not be re-awarded.
  1. Students who are awarded a scholarship must commit to support the University with future promotion of UEL through ambassadorial works. This will be the equivalent of ten hours unpaid work for the university. Successful students will also need to commit to a photo, testimonial profile and video testimonial promoting UEL as a minimum.
  1. UEL reserves the right to verify applications and request additional evidence.
  1. If you are in receipt of welfare benefits and begin a course; money from scholarships and bursaries can affect your benefit entitlement as it may be treated as income. This depends on what the fund is intended to support you with, i.e. study related costs or living costs. Starting a course is a change of circumstance and you should inform all relevant benefit offices when you enrol.
  1. A complaint is normally a specific concern related to a procedural error, irregularity, or maladministration in admissions procedures or policies. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the administration of your scholarship, please contact us in the first instance so that an informal resolution can be sought. This may be done in writing by emailing

Examples of Collaborative Projects

UEL Collaboration with New Vic - Extended Project Qualification

UEL in collaboration with Newham Sixth Form College New Vic are delivering a pilot programme to support young people to gain essential higher education skills delivered as part of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Students are introduce to UEL, meeting academics and current students as well as experiencing university resources and facilities. 
The programme delivers core and added value elements of the EPQ programme such as:

1. SKILLS – offering workshops that support students to gain skills that enable them to carry out the requirements of the EPQ.  These break down into:


  • Finding sources and referencing, 
  • Researching using primary sources (Analyse and interpret primary sources using items from UEL’s library)
  • managing data and information
  • How to use a library / online resources
      • Academic books
      • Journal articles
      • Newspaper and media archives
      • PhD theses
      • Working papers published by University staff
      • Official publications and data sources
  • Making sense of data, qualitative and quantitative analysis (Skillzone) 
  • Essay writing 
  • Making a start on your project – (planning based workshop)
  • Independent study
  • Engaging with sources and critical thinking
  • Writing up and presentation of data (encompasses the two data sessions above)

 2. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS – to support the learners journey and gain employability skills, such as:

  • Time management
  • Presenting
  • Critique skills 

Student ambassadors / buddies link to EPQ subject groups and to enable group meetings between NewVIc and UEL students to take place at regular intervals during the delivery and writing phase of the EPQ.

Both sets of students debate the subjects and discuss how the projects are progressing.  The buddying process also supports the teachers in NewVic by commenting on initial drafts and supporting students to think through ideas through on and off line support.


Similar to the above, but academics in the subjects chosen by the NewVIc students enable meetings and sessions for discussion and debate.

The ideal time for this sort of intervention would be at the final presentation using the academics to be a Q&A lead on the subject presentations for example.

  • UEL hosts the parent and student presentations and Q&A at the end of the project.
  • UEL enables students to access university resources where relevant and feasible.

Proritisied & Bespoke Outreach Activities for Federation Colleges

As a federation member, you can benefit from receiving priority over our standard outreach activities.  We will also tailor activities to suit your student needs.

For a discussion on how we can provide bespoke activities, please contact: 

Yvonne Bentley
, Head of Education and Community Partnerships (Interim)

University of East London

T: 020 8223 4274

M: 07710 716035


To book non-bespoke activities

Search and book outreach activities on UEL’s Schools and Colleges Events page.