Why we exist
What we do
Altitude Foundation enables young people with untapped potential to pursue their passion for technology, get their first job, and inspire others to do the same. We provide the finances, social capital, opportunities and supportive relationships needed to prepare for and succeed in tertiary education.
Our programmes have been reviewed to respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on young people's education.
"The biggest benefit for me was visiting all the different events and learning more about a technological world I knew very little about" - Isabella, Altitude 1600 student
Altitude 1800 (Years 12 & 13)
There are two different streams of activity for Years 12-13:
- Future Steps Events will support students’ knowledge and understanding of the possibilities of tech and digital careers, and is open to all students in Years 12 & 13.
- Future Steps Mentoring is an additional stream for eligible students who want extra support in developing their understanding of career and education options in Digital.
We have ensured that Altitude Foundation’s activities can be delivered in school or remotely, depending on school preference, or circumstances. As always, all of our activities are funded and come at no cost to schools or students participating.
"The most beneficial thing for me has been learning what different careers there are in the tech industry." - Taylor, Altitude 1800 student
Who we are
Colin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation as it is established and grows. Colin is passionate about education, social mobility and demonstrating evidence-driven impact. His professional background covers university outreach, strategic planning, business intelligence and school governance. Originally from Northern Ireland, he moved to the North East over fifteen years ago and hasn’t looked back! When he gets the time, Colin likes to run (a lot) and clean up after his two cats.
Megan coordinates the Foundation’s programmes. She is a keen advocate of computing education for young people, specifically encouraging the development of personal expression, identity and digital democracy through coding and physical computing. Previously in an academic research role, Megan's research explored how school-university partnerships can support the delivery of computing education. When she isn't in the office, Megan spends her time in a muddy field chasing after her horse.
Olivia facilitates the delivery of the Foundation’s programmes. She is dedicated to striving for equality, and is committed to giving young people the opportunity to explore their interests. Olivia recently graduated from Newcastle University after writing a thesis that explored barriers to education. In her free time, Olivia can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm.
Fergus facilitates the delivery of the Foundation's programmes.
- Michael Moran
- Chris Ord
- Gary Scott
- Helen Scott
Work with us
Altitude Foundation works with targeted schools and colleges across the North East, from Northumberland to Middlesbrough. If you work at a North East school or college, get in touch to find out how the Foundation can work with your students.
Altitude Foundation also works with like-minded organisations in the digital & tech sectors and in the charity and voluntary sectors who share our vision of a world where talented young people are able to achieve successful careers, regardless of background. We believe that by working collaboratively, we can collectively maximise individual effort for the whole North East region.
If you believe that there may be an opportunity for Altitude to work with your organisation to further shared goals, please get in touch and let us know.
Get in touch
6th Floor, The Lumen
Newcastle upon Tyne
+44 191 345 4420