About MaCE

We will train undergraduate and post-graduate students as co-researchers in our project. We will investigate factors creating a favourable environment for the success of all students. Participating in this project will equip them with advanced skills in communication and research that are particularly valuable for knowledge-intensive jobs.

The project

Marginalisation and Co-created Education (MaCE) is a joint cooperation project between three universities, University of Cumbria (UK), VIA University College (DK) and the University College of Southeast Norway(NO).

The project seeks to work with students who may have experienced marginalization, disadvantage, been Early School Leavers (ESL), or had periods Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). The project aims to use these students’ experiences and knowledge to address re-engagement and improve higher education institutions’ retention rates.

The project promotes ‘Rethinking Education’ by prioritizing the social aspects of higher education and ensuring that support to succeed in further education is provided to all students, regardless of social and economic background.


  • To gain knowledge about ESL/NEET students based on their own description
  • To develop and disseminate a model or method for education and welfare services to support young people grounded in their own experiences.
  • To develop an innovative training program for higher educational institutions that will ensure that students are equipped to support young people in practice.
  • To disseminate the findings to public institutions and youth institutions to better equip them to meet the needs of these user groups.
  • To improve the ability of higher educational institutions to support students to achieve their academic goals and gain the job they desire.
  • To train higher education students for research through being co-researchers on Bachelor and Master programmes.
  • To support innovation and creativity through partnerships and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, and strengthening the role of higher education regionally.

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Contact information

University College of Southeast Norway

Scientific Coordinator:


University College of Southeast Norway

Via University of College, Denmark

University of Cumbria, United Kingdom