The National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) was founded in early 2012 as the professional organisation to support those involved in widening access to higher education (HE) and social mobility. 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 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