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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, learners, 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!

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Don't forget! This week is the last week you can apply to be our NEW graduate intern!

If you're interested in a career in education or outreach, our Graduate Intern position is the perfect stepping stone into your educational career!

You'll help us to:

👉 Develop and deliver workshops to schools and colleges
👉 Deliver our mentoring programme (in-person and/or online)
👉 Plan and deliver trips to our partner institutions
👉 Support the marketing team with social media content and event coverage

To apply, visit the link in our bio 👆

📅 Closing date: Sunday 5th February
📅 Interview date: Monday 13th February

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Are you about to graduate or have you graduated within the last two years? 🎓

If so, we would like to hear from you! We're currently hiring a Graduate Intern to join our Outreach team - as a Graduate Intern you will:

👉 Develop and deliver workshops to schools and colleges
👉 Deliver our mentoring programme (in-person and/or online)
👉 Support projects across the wider team (such as planning trips, liaising with external partners and assisting with programme evaluation)
👉 Support the marketing team with social media content

For the full job description and to apply, visit the link in our bio 👆

📅 Closing date: Sunday 5th February
📅 Interview date: Monday 13th February

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⭐️A day in the life of our Graduate Intern Ellie!⭐️

Let’s see what she gets up too 👀

If you’re interested in becoming one of our graduate interns, then check out our vacancy using the link in our bio👆

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⏳2 days left to apply!⏳

Don't forget the UCAS deadline! All applications must be submitted by 6 pm this Wednesday for course providers to equally consider all applications received by this time.

📅 Wednesday 25th January
🕕 6 pm

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📢 Calling all teachers!📢

If you're looking for sessions to enrich your students learning and support them with their next steps, then check out the wide range of offers available from UCLan, including:

⭐Various presentations that are tailored to Years 12 and 13 to help prepare students for university.
⭐Subject-specific sessions are available on and off campus in various subjects.

Off-campus sessions are free and delivered in school/college. They are one hour, designed to fit into your normal timetable, and aim to introduce the subjects. They are suitable for your Year 12-13 students and will give them a taste of what studying these subjects at university might be like. The key subjects offered include business 💼, law 👨‍⚖️ and psychology 🧠. These sessions can then be complemented by visiting the campus for more in-depth subject sessions.

For more information and how to book, check out the link in our bio 👆

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⏳Reminder that the UCAS application deadline for 2023 entry is next week! ⏳

📅 Wednesday 25 January 2023
🕕 6:00 pm

🎓📝If you haven't applied yet applied, then check out our Carlisle Graduate Intern, Ellie's blog, to learn about how she found the application process and being at university! Ellie said:

"My experience of applying to UCAS was really positive, and I remember it to be a straightforward process. My tutor went through the process with me, where I filled in all my details, selected my courses at the different universities and attached my personal statement. After I’d sent it off, my teacher would then attach the reference, so I didn’t need to worry about that!"

Check out the rest of Ellie's blog post on our website using the link in our bio 👆

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