Positive Pathways to Higher Education for Forces Families

The University of Winchester is widely recognised for its commitment to being an Armed Forces-friendly employer and the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award has been granted to the university for our support of the forces community and of the families of military personnel.  We are keen to support the continued learning of ex-forces, military families and reservists as they embark on the next stage of their career journey. 

The 'Positive Pathways to HE' programme at the University of Winchester is a two-year long project under the EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families Programme which aims to support ex-forces, military families and reservists in exploring pathways into Further Education and Higher Education and build the skills and confidence to do so.  This programme will include targeted outreach activities and tailored transition support for participants, in partnership with the Forces Employment Charity

We are proud to be at the forefront of work recognising and supporting educational progression of military families, sharing our research and resources across the sector, including leading the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance. The programme draws upon our expertise in delivering higher level skills and our links with the SCiP Alliance Hubs and forces charities across the UK and local links with colleges, military basis and resettlement services already established at the University.

The coordination of the activity delivered in the Positive Pathways programme at the University, under the EM3 Armed Forces Veterans and Families Programme led by the Forces Employment Charity, is part funded by the European Social Fund, January 2021 – December 2024.


Staff Details

Corianne Gjertsen (Transition Coordinator and Student Advisor) : Programme Coordinator: WP@winchester.ac.uk

 Sarah Harder-Collins (Head of Participation and Success) : Co-Project Lead

 Stella McKnight (Director for Employer Partnerships) : Co-Project Lead



Forces Employment Charity