Events & Opportunities2017-11-23T14:14:26+00:00
Employability Programme
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: N/A
For: All year groups are eligible at undergraduate level
Location: Across the UK

Just about to start University? It is never too early to explore your career options and gain valuable work experience. Join upReach, and you can receive free support worth up to £2700 with expert mock interviews and application advice, plus exclusive work experience and mentoring opportunities from prestigious employers!

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What Career Live? & What University Live?
Dates: 28 & 29 February 2020
Deadline: N/A
For: 15-19 year olds, parents and careers advisers
Location: NEC, Birmingham

This is an essential event showcasing the wide range of post-school options. Find out more about university and apprenticeships with over 100 leading universities and employers. Get careers advice and hear some of the 40 free talks so you can take your next steps with confidence.

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What Career Live? & What University Live?
Dates: 20 & 21 March 2020
Deadline: N/A
For: 15-19 year olds, parents and careers advisers
Location: Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

This free event gives you the opportunity to meet with top employers and leading universities to explore 100s of opportunities. You can also hear some of the 40 free talks and get one-to-one advice on your next steps. It’s an essential event to help plan what you’ll do when you finish school.

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Masterclasses
Dates: Spring 2020
Deadline: TBC
For: TBC
Location: UCL

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight into your chosen subject, and provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

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Discover UCL
Dates: Spring 2020
Deadline: TBC
For: Year 11 & 12s of African & Caribbean heritage
Location: UCL

Gain valuable advice to help you plan your future.
Participate in subject taster sessions led by a UCL academic.
Develop practical skills to help you prepare for university life.
Meet current UCL students and found out more about UCL.
Speak to professionals about potential career paths.
Free to attend and lunch will be provided

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UNIQ Spring & Summer
Dates: April, July
Deadline: TBC
For: High-achieving sixth formers
Location: Oxford

UNIQ Spring and Summer gives you a taste of the Oxford undergraduate student experience. You will live in an Oxford college for a week, attend lectures and seminars in your chosen subject area, and receive expert advice on the Oxford application and interview process.

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UNIQ Digital
Dates: April - October
Deadline: TBC
For: High-achieving sixth formers
Location: Online

UNIQ Digital provides comprehensive information and guidance on the university admissions process, and aims to give you a realistic view of Oxford student life through videos, activities and quizzes. The platform offers a range of forums where you can discuss both academic and social topics.

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Sutton Trust US Programme
Dates: Spring-Summer 2020
Deadline: 11:59pm, Sunday 19 January 2020
For: Y12 England/Wales, S5 Scotland, Y13 NI
Location: Various

The Sutton Trust US Programme supports students from state schools to explore US study and access universities. It includes two residentials in the UK before all students spend a week visiting universities in the US. An optional second year supports students who apply to US universities. The programme is free for students.

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Taster Days
Dates: Various
Deadline: N/A
For: Level 3/Year 12 – 13/ Adult Learners
Location: University of Huddersfield HD1 3DH

Taster days are designed to give a real life taste of what it is like to study a particular subject at university, allowing students to develop a practical understanding of a specific area.

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Legal Work Experience
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: n/a
For: Year 9 to 13 (Eng & Wales), S2 to S6 (Scot), Year 3 to 5, L6th or U6th (NI)
Location: Across the UK

PRIME is an alliance of law firms across the UK, committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience because the legal sector should be open to talent from all economic backgrounds. There are more than 60 law firms involved in PRIME, providing legal work experience up and down the UK, providing work experience opportunities across the country.

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Professional Learning Network
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: n/a
For: Teachers & education professionals
Location: Online

The UCL Access and Widening Participation team have launched a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers and education professionals. Members of the PLN will be invited to attend special events including regular ‘Teacher Takeaway’ twilight CPD sessions, teacher conferences, and will also receive a regular newsletter.

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Talks for Teens
Dates: Ongoing / various
Deadline: n/a
For: Age 13 - 18
Location: London

GENERATE hosts free after school careers talks/Q&A sessions for teens in London. Past speakers include magician Dynamo, designer Thomas Heatherwick, blogging sensation Deliciously Ella as well as innovators from tech, business, fashion, media, law and medicine. Sign up is essential.

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Become an Associate
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: n/a
For: Undergraduates
Location: Across the UK

upReach is a social mobility charity that offers free careers support worth up to £2,700, with exclusive work experience, employer insight day and mentor opportunities. From CV and application reviews, to free practice online tests and mock interviews and assessment centres. Improve your chances of success.

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Realising Opportunities
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: TBC
For: TBC
Location: UCL

The RO Programme provides skills development opportunities and information to help students to make informed decisions about their future; supports students in their current work at school/college; and enables students to demonstrate their potential for success at a research-intensive university.

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UCAS Application Workshops
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Bookings by teachers for Key Stage 5
Location: At your institution

30mins-1 hour presentation- Suitable for all post 16 pre application students who require more information and advice about submitting UCAS applications and writing a personal statement.

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Student Finance
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Bookings by teachers for Key Stage 5
Location: University of Manchester, or your institution

30mins – 1 hour presentation- Suitable for all pre/post application students and parents. The sessions will answer questions for both students and parents regarding student all aspects of student finance.

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Why Manchester?
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Bookings by teachers for Key Stage 5
Location: At your institution

30-40 minute presentation which aims to help students decide if studying at the University of Manchester would suit them.

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Choosing What & Where to Study
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Bookings by teachers for Key Stage 5
Location: At your institution

This presentation covers issues concerning Year 12 when thinking about university including:
• Why go to university
• Things to consider when choosing a course
• Things to consider when choosing which university to study at
• Further resources to help students in carrying out their research into different courses and universities

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Young Persons’ Forum
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Years 10 to 13
Location: University of Manchester

The University of Manchester invites local Year 10-13 students to come along to sessions held here on campus, where they have the chance to review workshops, activities, literature and other material. Participants receive a £10 gift voucher and valuable transferable skills.

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School-University Partnership Initiative
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 and teachers
Location: University of Manchester

Our School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) is a scheme funded by Research Councils UK. It provides opportunities for schools and universities to bring contemporary research to life for young people.

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Student Life
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Key Stage 5
Location: Uni of Manchester, or your institution

30-45 mins presentation- Suitable for all post 16 students, pre/post application, the session can be delivered or include input from a current University of Manchester Student Ambassador who can give students a taste of University life.

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Teacher CPD Workshops
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Individuals and teachers
Location: University of Manchester

The University of Manchester offers teachers and advisers various professional development opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that can both boost their professional development and benefit their school and college students. These include workshops on personal statement writing and reference writing.

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Extended Project Qualification Support
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Key Stage 5
Location: University of Manchester

Teachers can arrange for their students to visit The University of Manchester to support them with the Extended Project qualification. These visits can include a research skills workshop or library visit - or both. The workshop introduces students to academic research through a series of interactive activities and group work.

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STEM Enrichment Programme
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Key Stage 3, 4 & 5
Location: University of Manchester

As a major provider of STEM subjects at degree level, we recognise their importance to the UK's skills base. That’s why at Manchester we work with teachers and career advisers to inspire school learners with the exciting experiences and advantages of studying science.

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The Brilliant Club
Dates: Bespoke dates
Deadline: n/a
For: Key Stage 2, 3 & 4
Location: University of Manchester

The Brilliant Club recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools and sixth form colleges serving low participation communities to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of outstanding pupils, which develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help those pupils to secure places at top universities.

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The Stormzy Scholarship
Dates: Ongoing
Deadline: See website
For: Black UK Students
Location: University of Cambridge

The scholarships, which are non-repayable, will cover the full cost of tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant which will significantly reduce the need for awardees to take out government or commercial loans. This support will be available to recipients for up to four years of undergraduate study.

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STEM Potential Programme
Dates: Various
Deadline: n/a
For: KS4 & KS5 Students
Location: Imperial College, London

This programme aims to support students in their KS4 and KS5 studies via lectures, subject-specific masterclasses and university experience taster days. Students joining in Y10 will experience different fields of STEM subjects to gain a better understanding of subjects they may wish to study at A-level. (Support continues into Y11).

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Inspiring Minds Year 12 Tasters
Dates: Throughout the academic year
Deadline: Please refer to event webpages
For: Open to all Year 12 students nationally
Location: Loughborough University campus

Loughborough University’s Inspiring Minds events provide an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to experience their chosen subject area at undergraduate level, through a range of topical taster sessions with current students and academic staff. The events are free of charge and lunch will be provided.

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