Schools and Colleges Liaison

We work with schools and colleges to raise awareness of higher education opportunities.

Throughout the year, our team work with schools, colleges and other universities across the UK. We support future university students in making informed decisions about their next steps.

We know that our relationship with students starts even before they enrol at university. Our team of experts are here to support, so that your students have the knowledge they need to make a successful application.

Choose from a range of engaging workshops, talks and bespoke sessions on or off-campus. You can also come and see us at Higher Education fairs across the country.

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Higher Education transition advice and guidance

You will be provided with dedicated contact throughout the year to deliver quality and high impact activities. These activities help raise the engagement and aspirations of your students to consider university as a next step. From the application process to student life, our team of experts are here to guide, support and demystify.

To enquire, please contact us at eliaison@uclan.ac.uk and we’ll make sure we tailor our activity to meet your needs.

Post 16, on and off-campus sessions

  • Students sat on a bench outside the student centre at our Preston campus

    The following sessions are free to attend and take place at our Preston Campus. The sessions are for Year 12 students, studying a Level 3 qualification and linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

  • Students in classroom

    Whilst we’d love to welcome you onto campus, we realise this isn’t always possible. We can also bring our engaging sessions to your premises.

  • Delegates attending business conference

    Join us for the annual Nurturing Futures Schools and Colleges career conference

    29 March 2023
    9.00am - 4.00pm GMT

Meet the team

Our team work regionally so get in touch with the relevant person to you, or email eliaison@uclan.ac.uk if you have a general enquiry.

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Senior Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager Jo Mclaughlin JMclaughlin3@uclan.ac.uk
Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager (North West) Matt Shore MJShore1@uclan.ac.uk
Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager (Cumbria and North East) Ben Johnson  BJohnson7@uclan.ac.uk
UK Student Recruitment Manager Aimee Cairns ACairns2@uclan.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions

A member of our staff will meet your school/college 30 minutes before the scheduled session(s). Our subject sessions will then be delivered by either academics, research students, final year students or outreach student ambassadors. Each session is designed to be practical, engaging and give your students a taste of what it might be like to attend a city-centre campus.

Please be aware for all on-campus visits, the student to teacher ratio and managing the students is the sixth form/college’s responsibility.

For all on-campus visits, the student to teacher ratio and managing the students is the sixth form/college’s responsibility. You will need to meet your students upon their arrival on-campus if they are travelling to campus on their own.

Please note, for some programmes or activities, students will be split up into groups.

Yes of course, you can bring multiple groups for activities happening on the same day. This is taking into account the programme of activities on the day and whether the group will split up or not.

The student/staff ratio when bringing students to campus is your responsibility. The programme of activities on the day and whether the group will split up or not should be considered.

You will receive confirmation from our team of your booking along with risk assessments and participation instructions. For on-campus events, you will also receive information about claiming your travel bursary, special requirements and safe coach/minibus drop-off and pickup instructions.

You will need to make your own arrangements for transport and forward the quote to us. We will raise a PO for you to invoice us for a maximum of £550 after the event has taken place. Our payment terms are 30 days after the event has taken place.

A member of our staff will arrive at your school/college 30 minutes before the scheduled session(s) to set up. We will then deliver the session to your participants. 

Please note that a fully trained teacher needs to be present all times.

You can request as many different sessions throughout the day as you wish. We can’t promise that we will be able to facilitate every request, but we will do our best.

Sometimes we are able to deliver more than one session at the same time depending on availability. Get in touch to tell us what you would like and we will see what we can do.

Most sessions do not require the school to provide any specific equipment beyond a standard classroom with PowerPoint. Some specific sessions may require basic equipment that most schools and colleges will already have. We will let you know any specific requirements when you book the session.

We do. A member of our outreach staff will lead the session. We will also provide the necessary resources.

Widening participation

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