The Access Project – July 2020

The Access Project

Women in Rail is proud to be supporting The Access Project, an educational charity helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in London, Birmingham, the Black Country and the East Midlands receive free online tutoring support with their studies.

The Access Project is currently looking for professionals to volunteer one hour a week online (through their easy-to-use dedicated online platform) from September 2020 to support disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 18 with their GSCE or A level studies in Maths and Science for the duration of the next academic year.

The programme provides in-school support, including 1-to-1 mentoring, university trips and workshops as well as personalised academic tuition, to help disadvantaged young people gain places at top-third ranked universities.

This is an amazing and worthwhile initiative to be involved in. At the moment, young people in the UK from disadvantaged backgrounds are six times less likely to progress to a top-third university compared to their peers working at a similar academic level. The Access Project is working hard to change this and help these young people to see university as something that is ‘for them’, to support them to make competitive applications and to get the grades they deserve so that they can fulfill their potential.

What you need to do to get involved

  • have either an undergraduate degree / equivalent qualification or be currently studying for an undergraduate degree at a UK university;
  • have an A Level in the subject you wish to tutor at GCSE or an undergraduate degree in a subject you wish to tutor at A level;
  • be able to spare one hour a week in school term time over the next academic year to tutor (starting between Sept-Nov 2020), plus approximately 30 mins a week preparation time;
  • be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check) and provide two references (personal or professional)
  • register here.

You will receive full training over the summer and autumn with start dates throughout the autumn term.


If you have any questions, please email

We really hope you will be able to support this fantastic initiative and help The Access Project change lives.