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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


We have all sorts of interesting events lined up to help you explore your next steps... 🗓️ Visit our website to check out the range of opportunities available and book your place today! https://www.hellofuture.ac.uk/events/

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Don't forget that studentfinance_england Student Finance England Student Money Week includes Live Sessions! Today's session covers 'Available Extra Funding' - your opportunity to see current advice live! 😃

If you're applying for student finance, don't miss out - today on their Facebook page at 12:00! Link in bio!

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Don't forget that studentfinance_england Student Money Week includes Live Sessions! Starting today with a session covering 'How to Apply' - with opportunity to ask your questions live! 😃

If you're applying for student finance, don't miss out - today on their Facebook page at 13:30! Link in bio!

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This week studentfinance_england are hosting Student Money Week! If you have any questions or concerns about funding HE, do go along 😊 They have an amazing schedule of events running throughout the week for students, parents and carers including these LIVE events:

• A 'how to apply' Facebook Live Q&A session at 13:30 TOMORROW Tuesday, 2nd March
• A live discussion on available extra funding on at 12:00 on Wednesday, 3 March
• A live discussion for parents, carers and partners about how to sponsor an application at 12:00 on Friday, 5 March

These events are all being hosted on SFE's Facebook page, link in bio - you can head there for more info!

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We have a wide range of resources on key topics like university, careers, money and more… Head over to our website to explore 🔎

Have any questions? Come and chat with us! 💬

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Whether or not you know what you want to do after you leave school or college, it’s never too early to start exploring your future choices… But how do you decide which route to take? 🤔🗺️

Gain a better understanding of the options available to you with our FREE online course, designed to help you make better informed decisions about your future.

Follow the link in our bio to enrol for on our website!

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