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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!

Meet the team


⭐We asked our Furness Graduate Intern, Georgia, about the strategic projects she had been working on. Georgia said:

"Recently I’ve been working on the new girls’ strategic outreach project. This project aims to address the low confidence, self-belief, and personal expectations of girls when it comes to higher education. This project began due to girls scoring lower in the Hello Future ‘My Future Self’ survey for personal expectations and self-belief. Therefore, we are creating a programme of interventions designed to support the raising of girls’ confidence, self-belief and personal expectations. This includes providing content to support girls in striving for goals and not just doing what they feel is expected of them."

Check out the rest of Georgia's blog post on our website. Link in our bio 👆

#gradauteintern #uniconnect #studentblog #projectwork #college #hellofuture #cumbria

⚛️Interested in an apprenticeship in STEM?

📝Applications are now open for various apprenticeships with @baesystems at a range of different levels, from intermediate through to degree apprenticeships.

Check them out using the link in our bio 👆

#apprenticeship #baesystems #opportunity #nextsteps #highereducation #STEM #cumbria

⭐We asked our Carlisle Graduate Intern, Ellie, about the strategic projects she had been working on. Ellie said:

"I’m currently working on one of the strategic projects called FE to HE, where we focus on supporting students attending further education (FE) colleges. This strategic project allows us to tailor our work to FE students’ specific needs, which can differ from secondary school students. The project aims to understand this group better, including the schools vs. college divide, provide resources, events and content to better engage FE students, and support the transition of these learners into higher education (HE) study. "

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

#gradauteintern #uniconnect #studentblog #projectwork #college #hellofuture #cumbria

Do you have a LinkedIn account?

If not then check out this webinar on "why students need a LinkedIn profile - and how to use it!"

Lots of young people don't think about adding LinkedIn to their social platforms...but you have the skills to make the platform really work for you. You'll leave the session knowing how LinkedIn can be a brilliant tool for you and how to get your profile sorted!

📅 Monday 28th November
🕖 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Click the link in our bio to register for your FREE ticket 👆

#apprenticeships #alevels #careerseducation #careers_advice #linkedin_training #schoolleavers #linkedin #cumbria

Throwback to...the Digital Marketing seminar that Rachel and Kirsty attended a couple of weeks ago at Tullie House, courtesy of LocaliQ!

We learnt a lot about how to produce video content for social media and how to use our digital platforms to raise awareness of who we are and what we do. Huge thanks to LocaliQ for putting on such a great session - we're looking forward to the next one!

#digitalmarketing #marketing #videocontent #seminar #supportlocal #cumbria

Want to take part in fun interactive workshops free of charge?

The University of Central Lancashire are offering a series of workshops running in June and July 2023. The 'Get Ahead' workshops are a great way to get a taste for subjects that you're interested in or to try something new. These events are for pre 16 learners and are completely free.

To find out more read our blog 👉