IMHAPPY - (IMproving Hopes, Aspirations, Potential and Prospects in the Youth)

This project not only hopes to make residents more proficient and skilled in computing and creating the potential for employment, but to also raise aspirations to consider further education as an alternative to unemployment.


  Project Funders

Department for Communities in partnership with the Neighbourhood Renewal scheme

  Funding Amount

£1.5 million

About the Project

This project not only hopes to make residents more proficient and skilled in computing and creating the potential for employment, but to also raise aspirations to consider further education as an alternative to unemployment.

Having Ulster University involved in delivering such a project directly into neighbourhood renewal areas is an excellent partnership and that we hope we can build on this in the future for the benefit of other local communities.

Projected key outcomes

  • The IM HAPPY project has been delivering STEM workshops and modules to students in four community centres, two secondary schools and five Primary Schools in the identified NRAs
  • Engage with over 1700 active participants in STEM related subjects by the end of March 2019
  • Over 900 students will have received a formal qualification by March 2019
  • Additional 700 students that are under the age of 14 or have attended an unaccredited one-off STEM workshops
  • 2000+ participants have engaged with one off events such as the IM HAPPY technology Family Fun Days in 2017 2018 & 2019, NI science festival engagement, and all SySTEMs go! events
  • The project has produced 24 qualified COACHes who can now deliver STEM classes and workshops both inside and outside of the NRAs