Higher Education members

CAVA is a membership organisation: a strong and equal partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, Nottingham Trent University, University of Suffolk, University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, University of Lincoln and over 30 Further Education providers across England. Together, we are committed to aiding social mobility by increasing the opportunities for people from all backgrounds to study at university.

CAVA is proudly supported by our partner universities, and the expertise and input they offer ensures that CAVA Access to HE students are prepared in the best way possible for university.

Our Higher Education members

Today, ARU is an innovative global university. 39,400 students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents.  Each year, we also help some 2,000 businesses to grow quicker and partner with organisations to deliver a spectrum of educational and commercial projects.

Why choose ARU? There are many reasons. We’re academically ambitious for ourselves and our students. We’re purposeful, challenging and curious about our world. We’re a place where collaboration, research and scholarly activity informs everything we do. While our head is full of ambition, our feet are planted in the world around us. We pride ourselves on being as enterprising as we are innovative and nurture those qualities in our students. That, and our sheer can-do attitude, set us apart. We find that enthusiasm is infectious, letting the results speak for themselves.

For more information, visit: www.anglia.ac.uk

NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world and we have been awarded Green Flags for our Brackenhurst and Clifton Campuses. We have approximately 27,000 students (HESA 2014 / 15) and have invested £350 million since 2003 across our three Campuses to create an inspiring learning environment..

For more information, visit: www.ntu.ac.uk


The University of Suffolk is a transformational university, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty-first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. We are a distinctive, thriving academic community which makes a clear and immediate impact. Our purpose is to change lives – of individuals and communities – for the better.

The student experience is at the heart of what we do; the strong partnership between students and staff at the University is central to our ambitions. Our students experience the highest quality in teaching, learning and social environments. Scholarship and high-impact research is pervasive within the institution, and we offer our students a transformational experience.

In a world where nothing ever stays the same, we all need to change, evolve, succeed and change again. That’s what we do.

For more information, visit: www.ucs.ac.uk.

The University of Cambridge offers a range of full-time undergraduate courses in the arts, social sciences, medicine and sciences and currently has around 11,000 undergraduate students. Cambridge welcomes mature students; those over 21 who wish to make the commitment to a full-time undergraduate course. Mature students bring a breadth of experience, motivation and commitment to study to the University, which is much valued.

Cambridge is a collegiate university and is therefore comprised of a number of Colleges as well as academic departments. There are 29 undergraduate Colleges in Cambridge and most Colleges take undergraduates for all courses. Colleges can usually provide accommodation for the duration of your studies and are also the place where some of your teaching takes place and so offers both academic and social support. Your courses will be organised by the relevant University department, so whatever your College, you will meet students from all Colleges and of all ages in lectures, classes or laboratory sessions, and of course, exams.

Most of the Colleges admit a small number of mature students every year. There are, however, four mature Colleges which admit only undergraduate and graduate students who are 21 or over. These are Hughes Hall, Lucy Cavendish (women only), St Edmund’s and Wolfson. Around half of the mature undergraduates at Cambridge attend one of these Colleges; consequently the mature Colleges have a great deal of experience in advising mature students and in meeting their particular needs.

For more information, visit: www.cam.ac.uk.

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university based in a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 13,000 students. The latest (2009) National Student Survey placed us joint third among mainstream English universities for student satisfaction. And we are top in the UK for accommodation and Students’ Union and best in England overall, according to the 2009 WhatUni.com awards. We also came top of the most recent research effectiveness league table published by Research Fortnight.

Located in 320 acres of rolling parkland but just two miles from the centre of the historic city of UEA photo Norwich the University is adjacent to the Norwich Research Park which is home to over 1,000 scientists working in several world ranked institutions. Sporting facilities on campus include the University Sportspark which houses an Olympic sized swimming pool and regularly hosts international sporting events. We also have a public art gallery, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and host an International Literary Festival which attracts famous names such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro (both alumni of our Creative Writing course).

The University has a reputation for innovative courses: our pioneering Environmental Sciences and International Development schools bring together experts from a number of fields to work collaboratively; we offered the first Creative Writing degree in the UK; and our recently introduced MBA in Strategic Carbon Management is a world first. We offer a choice of more than 300 courses through 23 Schools of Study. The University was founded on the principle of interdisciplinary which allows students to select a wide range of course options and to combine specialist study with complementary subjects. Students register within a specific School of Study but can also select units offered by other Schools.

For more information, visit: www.uea.ac.uk.

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Since being opened by Her Majesty the Queen, the University of Lincoln has put students at the heart of everything we do, while climbing more places in university league tables than almost any other institution.

World-class teaching and research

The University has established an international reputation for the quality of teaching and research, with academics and students working together on major projects across areas as varied as cancer treatment, water conservation and low-carbon technology.

High student satisfaction

The University of Lincoln has some of the most satisfied students in the UK. Lincoln is in the top third nationally for student satisfaction as ranked by our students, based on the average score for all questions in the National Student Survey 2015. Several of our courses rank in top 20% nationally in NSS 2015, including Journalism, Psychology, Drama, English and Sport & Exercise.

For more information, visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk.