The Southern Universities Network (SUN) is a collaborative partnership comprising HE providers in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. The SUN provides outreach activities for schools and colleges and was previously part of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach scheme, a two-year HEFCE-funded project which ended in December 2016.
In January 2017, the SUN embarked on HEFCE’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The SUN has been tasked with increasing HE participation in over 70 wards, working with 101 schools and all further education (FE) colleges in the region. As directed in HEFCE guidance, work will be focused on young people in Years 9 – 13 and their ‘key influencers’.
The SUN Central team is based at the University of Southampton and consists of five staff. Additionally, each partner university hosts a SUN Project Leader and a SUN Project Assistant. As a result of the new programme, the SUN consortium has expanded to include additional partners such as schools, FE colleges, Local Authorities, and Education Business Partnerships.