EQ Investors’ charity makes donation to The Access Project

<em>EQ Foundation support will help grow number of volunteer tutors</em>

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EQ Investors (EQ) the boutique wealth manager led by John Spiers announces details of one of the first grants by its charitable arm – the ‘EQ Foundation’ (charity registered in UK no. 1161209). The Foundation has made a significant donation to The Access Project to help fund the further expansion of its partner school tutoring programme.

The Access Project helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds into selective universities by providing one-to-one tutoring via a community of graduate volunteer tutors. The tutors are academic high-flyers and experts in their subjects who volunteer to tutor a student for an hour a week at their work place, boosting students’ grades, self-confidence and aspirations. A dedicated member of The Access Project staff is based in each partner school to coordinate the programme and offer expert support throughout the university application process

John Spiers, Chief Executive at EQ, added: “The excellent work of the Access Project allows students from all walks of life to realise their dreams. The results are impressive: in schools working with The Access Project, students are 70% more likely to gain a place at a top third university than students at comparable schools. What’s more, of the students working with The Access Project who apply to top third universities, 89% are offered a place. We share a common vision of community and a culture of excellence. It’s great to see a charity that is delivering real and lasting impact to the communities they serve.”

Neil McIntosh, Chair of Trustees at The Access Project, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the first recipients of EQ Investors’ charitable grants and are hugely grateful for this generous contribution to our work. The Access Project is undergoing an exciting period of growth — over the coming few years we aim to transform the educational opportunities available to 1,000s more young people across the country. We are extremely proud of how our partnership with EQ Investors will help us achieve this crucially important goal.”

The EQ Foundation focuses on supporting organisations that must be able to demonstrate that they are achieving positive social, economic and environmental outcomes and that they deliver long lasting benefits.