Explore your options, discover your potential.

The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. We work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education. 

At the centre of our approach is our Take Your Place programme of activities. Take Your Place is delivered to students by our Higher Education Champions who are based in schools and colleges across the region.

This programme includes several strands, each addressing our students' identified needs and aims to increase progression to higher education. These identified needs include improving their understanding and preparedness towards applying for higher education and improving their passion and ambition towards the idea of higher education.

Our partners include all of the higher education providers in East Anglia, working closely with schools, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and other stakeholders.

neaco is one of 29 partnerships across England that have been funded as part of the Uni Connect programme, to deliver outreach in areas where the higher education participation of young people is low - and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

The Take Your Place team is made up of five universities and nine further education colleges from across the East of England. We are an impartial project and since our project launch in 2017, we have worked with over 50,000 students from 100 different schools colleges and sixth forms, helping them to explore their options and discover their potential. To find out what we have achieved to date, please view our Annual Reports: 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.