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Who are we?
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.

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What do we do?
We work with year 9 -13 students, teachers, advisors, parents and carers across Cumbria, to provide impartial information and activities to help them make key decisions, important to higher education and further training. Working out what to do next is an exciting time but can feel like a big task. We offer a range of free workshops and events to schools, colleges, and community organisations, exploring the different routes into higher education. We cover information on university and higher/degree apprenticeships to provide guidance throughout the process. We also explore the key skills and experience needed for these different routes. We work with young people from target areas across Cumbria, to ensure that everyone is able to make informed and inspired choices about their future.

Why get involved?
Our programme aims to support the government’s social mobility goals by rapidly increasing the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education. We are working to:

  • Reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups
  • Support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education.
  • Support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners.
  • Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.

Our programme has been designed to complement and add value to the work that higher education providers undertake through their access and participation plans across Cumbria. We are here to support you with free impartial information, support and guidance – all you have to do is come and Chat With Us!

Meet the team

Meet our partners - click on the logos to find out more

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Congratulations to Katie who is the winner of the Lenovo Laptop this half term!

Want to be in with a shot of winning a Lenovo Laptop for yourself? Head over and view our course pages on our website and try one of our informative and educational E-learning courses 💻📚
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This is your last chance to sign up our upcoming event!

If you have an interest in animation or content creation and are in Years 9-13 or at college then this event is for you!

We are hosting a 4-hour intensive Content Creation Workshop in partnership with Bauer Media, which will walk you through all the steps of creating your own short-form animated film and give you the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher!

The event will take place online. We have 10 places available for 2 separate dates- these are the 6th and 8th April 2021.

For more info follow link in our bio, and scroll to find 'Content Creation Workshop' on our events page!
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Last chance to sign up! This is a great opportunity to hear more about different options for studying Music at higher education level!

We are hosting an event in partnership with @SoundwaveCA14 about Your Next Steps in Music! We have talks from both @UCLan and @LeedsMusicDrama about what they offer and time for a Q&A at the end 🎸

📆 Monday 29th March
🕒 4:45-6:15pm

Link in bio to sign up!
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Last chance to sign up! This is a great opportunity to hear more about different options for studying Music at higher education level!

We are hosting an event in partnership with @SoundwaveCA14 about Your Next Steps in Music! We have talks from both @UCLan and @LeedsMusicDrama about what they offer and time for a Q&A at the end 🎸

📆 Monday 29th March
🕒 4:45-6:15pm

Link in bio to sign up!
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Do you have an interest in animation or content creation? Are you in Year 9-13 or at college?

We are hosting a 4-hour intensive Content Creation Workshop in partnership with Bauer Media, which will walk you through all the steps of creating your own short-form animated film, create a storyboard and give you the chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher!

The event will take place online. We have 10 places available for 2 separate dates- these are the 6th and 8th April 2021.

For more info follow link in our bio, and scroll to find 'Content Creation Workshop' on our events page!
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We are hosting an event in partnership with @SoundwaveCA14 about Your Next Steps in Music! We have talks from both @UCLan and @LeedsMusicDrama about what they offer and time for a Q&A at the end 🎸

📆 Monday 29th March
🕒 4:45-6:15pm

Link in bio to sign up!
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