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Kingston University's Work One of UK’s Best Breakthroughs

Posted by Richard Ward

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Kingston University's work to raise young people's aspirations has been named as one of the UK's 100 best breakthroughs by Universities UK.

The university has been working with hundreds of schools and colleges from Greater London and the South East to help aspire pupils from a range of underrepresented backgrounds to consider higher education.

Its outreach programmes in science, technology, engineering and maths provides hundreds of activities for learners of all ages, providing students with the opportunity to use cutting edge equipment.

The innovative work has been praised by Universities UK, as part of a campaign to change public perceptions of universities.

It follows research undertaken by Britain Thinks that found whilst many people had positive feelings towards universities, the public has little knowledge of the benefits that they bring beyond undergraduate teaching.

Professor Dame Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, said: "Universities really do transform lives. The technology we use every day, the medicines that save lives, the teachers who inspire - all come from UK universities and the important work being done by academics. "

"The UK's Best Breakthroughs list is a testament to the difference that universities make to people's lives and we want everyone to join us in celebrating the work they do."