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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


Happy Monday, everyone!

This week, we're excited to be delivering several different assemblies, and we're looking forward to welcoming Trinity School to the University of Cumbria for their Year 11 Progression Day on Wednesday!

#MondayMotivation #education #highereducation


1. Physiotherapy isn’t just about muscles – it’s about the body as a whole
2. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and in a wide variety of settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, private clinics, mental health settings and more)

Why not join us on Thursday 9th December for the Creating Careers Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy webinar, where you’ll get to hear more about these amazing careers, and how YOU can make a positive impact on someone’s life?

🗓️ Thurs 9th December
🕟 4.30pm - 5.30pm

👆👆 Click on the link in our bio to register today! 👆👆

Answers: They’re both true! ✅

#NHS #Healthcare #CreatingCareers #OccupationalTherapy #Physiotherapy

We've had a fantastic time at the Access Cumbria Discovery Day, at the University of Cumbria's Lancaster campus!

Access to HE students attended subject talks about nursing and midwifery courses, toured the ward and learned about how the University uses technology in mannequins to simulate different illnesses. We also got to see their fully equipped ambulance unit and home set-up, which simulates what it’s like to help in the community. We then finished off the day with a student finance talk and campus tour!

Huge thanks to @cumbriauni for having us!

#AccesstoHE #healthcare #UniversityofCumbria #Cumbria #Lancaster #nursing #midwifery #psychology #discovercumbria #university #HigherEducation

⭐Don't forget to sign up to the Creating Careers: Social Care meets Primary Care webinar this Thursday! ⭐

Social care is a hugely varied career path, with many different options - you'll learn all about the different career paths available, and the routes in, as well as have the opportunity to speak to healthcare professionals.

🗓️ Thurs 25th November
🕟 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Register here 👉:

#NHS #Healthcare #CreatingCareers #healthandsocialcare #socialcare #primarycare

Looking for a pick me up this Monday morning? Here it is. You've got this! 🙂

#HappyMonday #MondayMotivation #Education #Empowerment

What great end to the week🤩!

We’ve been at Lakes College all week delivering our ‘My Future Self’ sessions to a wide range of students – all of whom have been engaged, passionate and a joy to work with ⭐.

Today’s final session was with the Digital Transition to T Level students - our graduate intern, Tyler, got them to discuss their hobbies/skills, and think more in-depth about what their future aspirations are. Well done on all your hard work this week, Tyler!

Huge thanks to @lakescollege for having us, and we’re looking forward to returning to the college soon!

#myfutureself #education #aspiration #happyfriday