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Outreach and widening participation

Whether your students are thinking about university, exploring different post-school or college options, or want to know more about a specific subject – we are here to help.

The Outreach Team organises a range of activities and events for students primarily in years 12 and 13 (or equivalent). The aim of these activities is to inspire and raise awareness of higher education, supporting students to make informed decisions about their future.

All activities and events are free of charge, and funding is available to support the cost of travel to our campuses.


Discover the range of activities we offer to pre-16 and post-16 students below.

Students taking notes in Outreach activity

Higher Education and Careers fairs

We’re here to support you at HE and careers fairs.

As well as having a stand, our friendly team can deliver talks on key topics, such as the benefits of higher education, student life and finances, applying through UCAS, and putting together a personal statement.

If you’re interested, please email

Music students during a song writing session

Subject taster days

Our interactive subject taster days usually include two or three academic-led taster sessions, a tour of our facilities, and the chance to chat with current students about university life.

We can also deliver introductory talks at your school or college – just speak to a member of our team.

Browse subject areas or get in touch.

A group of students sat in a lecture

Higher Education Preparation Days

Introducing everything that students will need to know about applying to university.

Your students will discover top tips for applications, find out what support and opportunities are available at university, and hear from current students during a campus tour and student life talk.

View available dates

Lecturer talking to students

Summer residentials

Open to Year 10 and Year 12 students, our residentials give students a taste of university life in a safe and supportive environment.

Students stay in halls of residence with other young people from across the country and take part in a variety of subject workshops.

View summer residentials

Students smile walking down a corridor

Aspiration days

An introduction to university available for Years 9 – 11 on selected dates in the spring.

Dates are first come, first served.

View next available dates

Students around laptop


Open to our widening participation target schools, we offer e-mentoring to Year 12 students in the summer term.

If you’re interested, please email

Upcoming activities & events

View all upcoming activities & events

Travel funding

We understand that rising costs can make it difficult to organise travel. Funding is available to support the cost of travelling to campus for our activities. Get in touch to discuss what you might be entitled to claim.*

*Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be claimed within 8 weeks of visits taking place. Schools and colleges are responsible for making arrangements with a travel provider.

Reimbursement will be paid directly to the school / college. Payments are subject to minimum student numbers and all paperwork being submitted correctly and within the stated timeframe.

Outreach team

Alice Vellender

Alice Lloyd

Outreach and Widening Participation Schools and Colleges Manager


Sarah White

Sarah White

Outreach and Widening Participation Schools and Colleges Manager


Ester Hill

Ester Hill

Outreach and Widening Participation Schools and Colleges Officer


Jenna Page

Jenna Page

Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer


Paige Gliddon, Outreach officer

Paige Gliddon

Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer


Head and shoulders photo of Mark wearing a blue shirt.

Mark Harris

Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer


Get in touch

You can get in touch with the Outreach Team using the options below​.​


01242 714528

Lines open Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm


We’ll get back to you as soon as we can