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We’re currently recruiting for a new Graduate Intern to join our Outreach team – if you’re interested in a career in education or outreach, why not apply today? Find out more and apply on the University of Cumbria website.

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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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Meet our new Carlisle Graduate Intern, Ellie!

We asked Ellie what her journey to Higher Education looked like and her advice for anyone considering going onto Higher Education - she said:

"I would definitely make sure to do your research and consider what factors are important to you when considering your course and which university you’d prefer go to. I would really recommend university or higher education to everyone because of the student experience and being able to meet new people really easily."

Check out the rest of Ellie's blog post on our website here 👉:

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How would you like to live and work in the Lake District? Imagine helping Cumbrian learners reach their potential during the week, and then exploring our beautiful national park at weekends 😍

We're currently hiring a Graduate Intern to join our Outreach team on fixed term contract until July 2023. As part of this paid position, you’ll help to plan and deliver workshops to schools and colleges, deliver our mentoring programme and support the marketing team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your educational career and help us support young people in Cumbria!

For the full job description and to apply, visit:

📅 Closing date: Tuesday 11th October
📅 Interview date: Wednesday 19th October

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🎓Are you a student who is passionate about further and higher education? Want a flexible job to fit around your studies, while pursuing your passion for education?🎓

Why not apply to be a Hello Future ambassador!

As a confident and enthusiastic Ambassador you’ll help Hello Future to support and inspire learners to consider higher education and apprenticeships. You’ll play a crucial role in a wide range of outreach activities and projects, including supporting the delivery of workshops to schools and colleges, mentoring, social media, and marketing, to name a few.

The scheme offers flexible working hours to fit around studies and/or other commitments. There are opportunities to work across Cumbria or within designated areas (Carlisle and Eden), as well as opportunities for virtual and/or in-person work.
For the full job description and to apply, visit the links below:

👉 West Cumbria:
👉 Furness:
👉 Carlisle & Eden:

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Over a million learners and half of all schools and colleges in England have engaged with Uni Connect since the launch of the programme.

Read the latest annual report here 👉

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“It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change." - Queen Elizabeth II

The thoughts of the Hello Future team are with the Royal Family at this truly sad time.

🖋️Calling all poets...🖋️

Are you the next Simon Armitage, Benjamin Zephaniah or Maya Angelou? Then don't miss your chance to enter this year's annual poetry competition being run by Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival 2022! There are prizes to be won, PLUS the winners will be invited to read their prize-winning poem at the Borderlines Open Mic Poetry night at Cakes & Ale in Carlisle as part of the book festival.

👉 Find out more and enter online at:

Ready, steady... WRITE!

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