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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're currently hiring 2 Graduate Interns 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 more info and to apply, click the links below:

👉West Cumbria position:
👉Furness Position:

The closing date for both of these positions is Thursday 18th August

#Cumbria #CumbriaJobs #UniConnect #highereducation #graduate #intern #jobs

#TBT to our Summer Residential which took place at @derwenthill in July!

Our learners took part in a bushcraft competition where they had to split into two teams and serve a three course meal, cooked entirely over a campfire 🔥!

They then had to serve the meal to our Outreach Officers who judged them on food quality, presentation, ambience and service - both teams did a fantastic job and it was great fun sampling their pancakes, pizza and toasted marshmallows 🍕🥞

#bushcraft #campfire #outdoorlearning #outdooreducation #outdoorlife #outreach #cumbria

We were delighted to work with @centreforlp on the 'Your Community' programme - youth groups across Cumbria got to share their ideas on how their town centres and communities can engage with young people and provide the facilities they need.

The project involved groups of young people developing their ideas and proposals, enabling them to visualise how they see the future of their towns and local areas, as well as working alongside local business mentors who shared their own experiences and offered insights into the range of careers, roles and skills needed to deliver against any professional project.

Read more about this fantastic project via the link in our bio 👆

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

If so, we'd like to hear from you! We're currently hiring 2 Graduate Interns 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

We have positions available in West Cumbria and Furness– for the full job description and to apply, visit the links below:

West Cumbria:

#Cumbria #CumbriaJobs #UniConnect #highereducation #graduate #intern #jobs

✨ University Checklist ✨ DONE ✔️

Heading off to University soon? 👣💬

With University fast approaching, there is so much to think about - so we've put together a checklist for you so you don't forget anything and to help you transition to your future accomodations ☺️

If you have any questions feel free to drop us a message! 💙

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