EMWPREP originated from the government announcement that Aimhigher funding was to cease in July 2011. At this point, a collective decision between six existing HEI stakeholders in the East Midlands was made to fund a continuation of the monitoring and evaluation services offered at the time by Aimhigher in the East Midlands.

With Loughborough University acting as Data Controller, the five other East Midlands universities agreed to co-fund a new partnership.

The partnership allowed institutions to collaborate in pooling resources to secure a range of services enabling them to devise a systematic way of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of their programme of outreach interventions by tailoring the offering to meet their specific needs.

In the initial first phase of the new partnership, HEIs were asked to commit to the service for one year until July 2012. The service was then extended until July 2014 with renewed commitment from the original six partners.

Following expressions of interest to join the partnership, we now comprise of 30 members (nine full HEI partners; 2 half HEI partners; 4 Uni Connect’s; and 15 CHE providers) located across the Midlands who have committed to this collaboration until July 2021.

The partnership aims to deliver a range of monitoring and evaluation services to suit the differing needs of the partner institutions. We utilise data to effectively target learners for interventions, capture and store learner data on a bespoke database, and deploy appropriate methods to monitor and evaluate members’ outreach work, with the aim of tracking learners through their educational lifecycle. All partners have access to the variety of services available and they can tailor the specific service to meet their own institutional needs year on year.