The University of Worcester was recognised at the Purpose Coalition's 2022 Levelling Up University Awards. Worcester MP Robin Walker has congratulated the university, saying the award demonstrates why young people should choose Worcester for their Higher Education.
The awards, hosted by former Education Secretary and Purpose Coalition Chair Rt Hon Justine Greening, recognise those higher education institutions and their staff that are committed to boosting social mobility and improving equality of opportunity.
The University of Worcester has been recognised for its' commitment to Strong Foundations In Early Years. Young children have the opportunity to participate in events and study at The Hive, Europe’s first integrated university and public library. It also hosts one of the country’s largest children’s storytelling festivals.
The categories for the Awards are based around the Levelling Up Goals launched last year by Justine Greening. The Goals provide a benchmark for activity focused on driving equality of opportunity from early years through to careers, alongside barriers such as the digital divide, health and infrastructure.
"I would like to congratulate Worcester on their efforts to create opportunities here in the city, both for students and the wider community. Investments over the last couple of decades in particular have created the ideal learning environment to enable graduates to achieve their true potential.
"This is an example of the opportunity we have to level up healthcare opportunities by investing further into the Medical School here and funding places for home students."
Rt Hon Justine Greening, Purpose Coalition Chair said:
“The higher education institutions recognised in the Levelling Up Universities Awards 2022 are spreading opportunity to people and places where it can make the biggest difference and breaking the cycle of Britain's endemic poor social mobility.
“With the current debate around policy changes in higher education, now is a perfect time to celebrate the work of our universities in providing those crucial opportunities to both learn and develop for young people of all backgrounds. It is important we also celebrate universities as anchor institutions and employers in the communities, regions and wider country they serve.
“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all our winners and thank them for leading the way on levelling up.”