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Bringing Higher Education to life

Our work with ages 11-16

We understand that it can be a challenge to bring the excitement of Higher Education (HE) to life for students in a classroom, especially when they’re reaching the end of their time at secondary school and have so many other things to think about.

Our Schools Liaison programme of activity has been designed with you and your students in mind. Through a series of activities, including campus visits, workshops (on and off-campus), presentations and intensive projects, we can give your students a taste of university study and provide them with further information about HE, encouraging them to consider university as an option for their future.

When we visit your school, we can run talks and workshops on a range of subjects, including:

  • HE, student life and finance
  • HE opportunities and progression
  • Employability and raising achievement
  • STEM
  • Subject tasters.

You can also arrange for your students to attend one of our HE Experience Days.

Who we work with

While we will help any teachers to inspire their students to consider university, we focus a significant amount of our outreach activity on students from under-represented groups in HE. This includes young people living in low participation neighbourhoods, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, young people in care and students with special educational needs. We provide an extended programme of outreach activities for young people from these groups.

This Fair Access programme is designed for schools and colleges where there are above-average numbers of students from disadvantaged groups . However, we are happy to assess a group from a non-target school to determine what support we can offer.

Fair Access projects

We run a number of projects and events to support our Fair Access work in schools and colleges.These include our student mentoring scheme, for example, as well as Summer Breaks.

Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT)

HEAT is a national service used by over 50 universities across the country to track students' progression from school into Higher Education and beyond. HEAT can tell us if our programmes are successful and beneficial to the young people we work with.

Parental Consent HEAT form (pdf 354kb)

Student Consent HEAT form (pdf 364kb)