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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


🧬Want to know more about Genomics? 🧬

The North West Genomic Laboratory Hub is hosting a Genomics Open Day on Monday 24th January!

👉Find out how you could start your career in Genomics and work in the North West Genomic Laboratory Hub (NWGLH)
👉Hear about routes into careers in Genomics and meet staff working in a variety of roles
👉Go on a virtual tour of the Genomic laboratories
👉Get tips and guidance from existing trainees with regards to applications for the Scientist Training Programme (STP)

📅Monday 24th January 2022
🕝2:30pm to 4:30pm

Why should you consider a career in Orthoptics and Prosthetics 🤔?

As a prosthetist, you'll be creating and fitting artificial replacements for patients who are missing a limb; while as an orthoptist you'll be treating eye movement disorders, and spotting serious neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Plus, you could receive at least £5,000 a year to help fund your studies, through the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Join us on Thursday 27th January for the Creating Careers Orthoptics and Prosthetics webinar, where you’ll get to hear more about these diverse careers, and find out how YOU could help transform the lives of your patients:

🗓️ Thurs 27th January
🕟 4.30pm - 5.30pm
👆Register today through the link in our bio👆

#NHS #Healthcare #CreatingCareers #Orthoptics #Prosthetics

⭐Don't forget the UCAS deadline for all undergraduate courses is 6pm Wednesday 26th January!⭐

Still need to polish up your personal statement? Or not sure if you need to add in any extra information? We can help!

Simply download our 'Applying for Higher Education Guide 2022' by clicking the link in our bio, or send us a DM to chat to us today!

Good luck!

#UCAS #UCASdeadline #university #highereducation #personalstatement

Today isn't Blue Monday - it's 'Brew Monday'!
We all have good days and bad days - today, Samaritans is reminding everyone to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about. So pop the kettle on, take a break and reach out to a friend, colleague or loved one ☕💚

#BrewMonday #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #takeabreak #Samaritans

What new skill have you been learning recently 🤔?

Our Operations Delivery Manager, Kirsty, recently started knitting again after learning to knit initially in 2020 . After two months, she has finished her first jumper!
Kirsty is happy with the outcome, especially the colourful addition of the pom poms. However, she mentions that it isn't perfect, but she is still learning and improving her skills to create a better jumper in the future.

Remember: you're never too old to learn a new skill and your skills can keep developing throughout life!

#newskills #knitting #jumper #lifelonglearning #pompom

New year, new you? Have you set yourself a goal this year to start a new hobby, take a class, or apply for university 🎓?

Why not check out our Events page for upcoming events and opportunities from our partners? From campus tours, to career webinars, to live personal statement sessions, we've got you covered!

Visit our page here 👉:

#events #highereducation #hellofuture