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GHWY’s libraries partnership highlighted by Arts Council

A new Arts Council England report exploring partnerships between public libraries and higher education highlights the work of Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY).

The project ‘Independent Mind’ considers how outreach activities in libraries are harnessed to promote pathways to further and higher education or provide access courses that could lead to further study. Activities include libraries providing information points in key target postcodes to encourage greater higher education participation.

It is an approach being taken in a pilot project between GHWY and Wakefield Libraries. Led by Laura Bareham, NCOP Outreach Officer, it recognises that the partnership is an excellent way to develop an HE presence in local communities and encourage residents to develop higher levels skills.

GHWY is currently touring six libraries with a banner stand, information display and post box into which members of the public can post their questions. The materials remain in each venue for six months.

The experimental partnership is intended to raise the profile of higher education institutions and help GHWY learn more about public libraries. Further activities are currently being developed.

Read the full report here.