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Aimhigher is a national initiative inspiring and motivating young people from areas of deprivation, under-represented groups and those with little or no family background of participation in higher education. These young people all have the ability to progress to higher education, but do not have the information or knowledge to make informed decisions about their future. Aimhigher aims to provide information, advice and guidance, as well as hands-on experience of higher education such as attending Summer Schools and campus visits to universities.

In November 2010 David Willetts announced that Aimhigher activities would end in July 2011. This will leave the current Year 12 students without any dedicated support to make informed decisions, as the new university funding arrangements do not begin until September 2012.

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