Affecting change across Higher Education

At the heart of NEON is a cross-sector approach bringing together HE institutions (HEIs), schools, colleges, the voluntary sector, professional bodies and employers. NEON is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). NEON grew from the need for a strong, coherent community of professionals that could support learners from underrepresented backgrounds to enter HE. NEON is shaped and led by its members.

NEON has four objectives


To increase the professionalisation of widening access work through the development and accreditation of practice


To be a research and advocacy resource for those working in access at the local, regional and national level


To develop and enhance practice and quality in widening access work


To offer input and support to policy-makers and government from the widening access community

All NEON's work is based on a clear mission statement


To empower and enable those with a commitment to widening access to HE to affect change in their institutions and communities.


Access to and success in higher education should not be related to social background but based on ability and willingness to participate.

Work with NEON - get in touch today

NEON is committed to working in partnership with other organisations who share its values. Most of what NEON does is forged in collaboration with like-minded partners. If you would like to work with NEON please emailĀ Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON.