Helping young people in Cumbria achieve their full potential

We offer impartial advice and opportunities to young people, their parents & carers and teachers & advisors across Cumbria, helping to explore their future and progression towards higher education.

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About Hello Future

We are the Cumbrian hub of the national Uni Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator for higher education in England. Their aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We are a partnership of further and higher education providers and organisations invested in skills and career development across Cumbria.


Feel Supported in Returning to Learning. Have you thought about re-training or upskilling, but are not sure how to do this? Hello Future are here to help! Our aim at Hello Future, is to ensure that higher education is accessible for everyone and to provide all the information you need to make that choice.

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Parents & Carers

We understand it can be difficult to support your child with next steps after sixth form or college. There are just so many different options to choose from and all you want to do is ensure your child makes the right decision for themselves.

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Teachers & Professionals

Hello Future supports teachers and advisors in a number of different ways. We provide detail of Higher Education outreach activity available in Cumbria in one location to support you in accessing opportunities for your learners.

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Check out the variety of events and opportunities available from Hello Future and our partners, to help you explore your next steps.

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Higher Education Opportunities Grant

Have you applied for our Higher Education Opportunities Grant?
You could receive funding to travel to university open days, university or apprenticeship interviews, as well as higher education events and experience days. Find out more and apply online via our website!

Meet the Hello Future crew

Gareth Clayton

Outreach Officer

Jack Todd

Outreach Officer

Laura Mcallister

Outreach Officer

Emily Kelso

Graduate Intern

Jack Caine

Graduate Intern

JJ Ford-Powell

Outreach Assistant

Rachel Pattinson-Hillyard

Marketing and Communications Officer

Anna Bradley

Outreach and Evaluation Manager

Lisa Jackson

Programme Manager

Our amazing partners