In January 2018, HE Access Network (HEAN) will change its name and become Causeway Education.
We set HEAN up in 2012 because, having worked in university admissions and schools, we were frustrated that bright state-educated applicants were disadvantaged each year due to poor preparation. At a crucial time in their lives, young people were disadvantaged by inadequacies in the higher education application system that’s supposed to help them reach their full potential.
Five years on there’s compelling evidence that our programmes make a measurable difference to the life chances of young people, but there’s still work to do, so we must continue our efforts.
Becoming a charity is a natural step. We’ve always been a not-for-profit social enterprise and our new charitable status will allow us to extend the reach of our programmes to address our main ambition: to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people through key educational transitions.
We believe it's important that our work is free for end-users. This is true both for the young people who are expertly mentored through the development of their personal statement and for the state schools we support to provide the best possible outcomes for their students. As a charity we will develop partnerships with a broader range of individuals and organisations to enable us to do this.
The name change reflects this broader ambition. We want to make sure that every young person gets the best support they can through the key transitions in their education – whether that’s choosing A-levels, apprenticeships, or graduate employment.
A causeway provides a safe path across difficult terrain, which neatly describes the work we do in helping young people find their way through these important moments.
And we’re delighted to be able to welcome our board of trustees to guide us, who between them have an extraordinary wealth of expertise in the education and charitable sectors. You can meet them here.