About Hepp

The Higher Education Progression Partnership (Hepp) works across South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire to encourage more children, young people and adults to consider higher education opportunities.

We are jointly funded by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. We also work closely with our sister project, HeppSY, which is part of the Uni Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students. Between Hepp and HeppSY, we provide impartial advice and guidance about higher education to all schools in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.

The world of work is constantly changing and young people will need different skills for future study and jobs. We can help by providing the following services:

  • A resource hub which provides free online resources for teachers and advisers as well as appropriate signposting to higher education related outreach activity within South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire.
  • Targeted activities for schools to help prepare young people to make informed decisions about higher level study.
  • Impartial information and advice to enable adults not yet in education or training to make the right decisions about their future.

Meeting the Gatsby benchmarks

We support schools to meet Gatsby Benchmark 7: all students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them.

Free, online resources and signposting

We aim to become the “one-stop-shop” in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire for online Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) concerning higher education and skills for all phases of education. This resource hub provides fantastic resources to be used in the classroom, as well as signposting to higher education related outreach activity in the Sheffield City Region.

Activities for schools 2024/25

We run engaging, interactive workshops tailored to each year group.

Our activities for schools are framed around tackling the key barriers young people face in relation to higher education progression and decision making. Our sessions aim to develop knowledge and confidence, to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes, and to aid decision making. Our activity based workshops also have skills development embedded within them – focusing on transferrable skills derived from the SkillsBuilder framework: Aiming High, Problem Solving, Presenting and Listening.

Click here to view the Hepp Offer to schools for the 2024/25 year



To request Hepp activity for 24/25 academic year you can either:

1. Contact your regional activities coordinator

2. Complete our Activity Request Form