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Schools and Colleges Liaison

We are committed to working with Schools and Colleges to raise awareness and aspirations towards higher education opportunities.

We know that our relationship with students starts even before they enrol at the university and our team are experts in providing information about our programmes so that students have the knowledge they need to make a successful application. The guide outlines how we can work with you to support your students in their journey to higher education.

How we can work with you

  • Provide you with a dedicated contact at the University to work with you through the year to build a tailored programme of engagement for your students.
  • Access to a range of subject specific engagement activity.
  • Provide a programme of advice and transition activity to support your students from awareness raising, to application and then to enrolment.
  • To provide a series of teacher and advisor networking and learning events to help you support your students.

We have developed a range of activities and fun resources for children of primary school age for use in school, or at home. These activities include Dino Bridges, ‘News Presenter’, ‘Sound’ and ‘Scene in a Box’. For copies of these resources, please contact us.

Meanwhile, our colleagues at UCLan Publishing also have a range of resources activities, videos and videos that you can download from uclanpublishing.com/resources

Subject engagement resources

Our team work alongside you to encourage and raise the aspirations of your students with our range of events targeted both secondary and college level students.

What can the University offer my students this academic year related to the Gatsby Benchmarks?

We are developing several sessions based upon current undergraduate subjects that we offer here at UCLan to give your students a better understanding of what studying these subjects at university might be like, and hopefully inspire them to think about studying these subjects in the future.

What years are these resources suitable for?

At secondary level these sessions are targeted at years 9, 10 and 11 and at post-16 institutions have been designed for Level 3 learners.

What resources can I use?

Our series of resources are short, self-contained sessions, that can be delivered within your normal timetable and are focused on one or two tightly defined learning objectives to help you and your group explore subjects in more depth:

  • Subject Introduction – This series of subject level videos are designed to inspire your students by showing them different subject areas they could consider at university level.
  • Practitioner-led workshops – The sessions are created in partnership with you to encourage your students to engage at subject level and to share their thoughts, aspirations and opinions.
  • Practice Projects – We have devised a series of activities that you can use in the classroom or alternatively can be done at the home. The sessions have been designed so that anyone can deliver them and they do not require specialist equipment.

How to make a booking

To enquire, please contact us at eliaison@uclan.ac.uk and we’ll get back to you so we can explore all the options we have available for you.

Higher Education transition advice and guidance

Our team can work with you to deliver quality and high impact activities, which will raise the engagement and aspirations of your students and allow them to make informed decisions about their future.

Our team and students are happy to talk to you to help you get the answers to the questions you have about studying at university, applying to UCLan or wondering what student life is like on campus in Preston? Our friendly Ambassadors are ready to share their experiences.

We offer a UCAS personal statement checking service, along with hints and tips to make sure your university application stands out from the crowd. So, whether you’ve just started your draft or have hit writer’s block, you can book a personal session with one of our experts.

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Higher Education sessions

We are committed to working with Schools and Colleges to raise awareness and aspirations towards higher education opportunities.

We know that our relationship with students starts even before they enrol at the university and our team are experts in providing information about our programmes so that students have the knowledge they need to make a successful application. This outlines how we can work with you to support your students in their journey to higher education.

Our post-16 activities focus on giving students a taste of what it is like to study at university, giving them valuable experience of the teaching styles they will encounter from a range of subjects they may choose to study.

Who are these events for?

  • Individuals studying A Level or BTEC or other qualification at Level 3.
  • Individuals considering studying a degree or degree apprenticeship.
  • School group bookings accepted.

Students in Year 12 studying a minimum Level 3, are adjusting to the changes in learning and teaching styles and the increased independence on offer. Mentors at UCLan will help them to carry out thorough investigations into their skills and endeavour to match them with suitable careers and courses.

We are offering potential students a way to learn more about our courses, the industry, employability and the opportunities it gives them. Find out what placements are available and the career prospects they can lead to.

As we know one of the challenges that schools and colleges face is covering the cost of transportation to the events that we offer, we will contribute up to £250 towards your transport costs. For more information or to make a reservation for any of the following sessions please contact Carol Rossall eliaison@uclan.ac.uk.

Off-Campus sessions

These free sessions are in college/sixth form, one hour, subject-specific sessions designed to fit into your normal timetable and linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks. They are suitable for your year 12-13 students and will give them a taste of what studying these subjects at university might be like.

Participants will create their own ‘tik-tok’ style video using real animation techniques and learn about the exciting opportunities in the animation industry from our academics.

Participants will research 30,000-year-old cave paintings to come up with hypotheses based upon their findings. They will then compare their results to real-life archaeological research papers on the subject.

Practical building design session perfect for students with an interest in Creative Arts, Physics or Engineering. Participants will create their own building, whilst incorporating a specific design specification into their creation.

Enhance your decision-making skills: The Stock Market game.

Participants will try to keep up with the most up to date business information to invest in shares of fictitious companies and commodities in a mini stock market. This competitive session sees groups competing to try and make as much money as possible.

Participants will practically explore the relationships between generations by comparing expectations and stereotypes of younger people (Generation Z) by older generations (millennials, generation X, Baby Boomers).

Participants will design their own ‘new build’ town using real-life engineering information. Participants will need to stick to planning regulations as well as keeping within their budget to make their perfect village.

Participants will do a full survey of their own classrooms in accordance with Health and Safety guidelines and calculate the amount of energy being lost through their walls.

Practical outfit design session perfect for students with an interest in Art, Design or Fashion. Students will take inspiration from real life models to create their own fashion designs for a piece of fruit.

Practical level design session. Participants will use ‘games design theory’ to design and construct a ‘quest’ for a game, then populate it with their own characters, objects, and story line.

Practical furniture and product design session perfect for students with an interest in Art, Interior Design or Architecture. Students will take inspiration from a ‘client’ brief to create a bespoke piece of miniature furniture.

Participants will get hands-on with Rosetta stone language software which will teach them the basics of a range of different languages. (Please note for this session we require a suite of PCs)

Participants will learn about Human Rights by unlocking a mystery related to an imprisoned individual. Throughout the session the participants will piece together evidence to document specific human rights abuses in a fictional conspiracy story.

Taking inspiration from professional photographers, participants will consider how elements of their own personality and interests can be reflected in their own self-portrait. The best creations can be printed out to keep as a memory of the day.

Participants will conduct their own investigation into how different types of distractions can affect ability to remember, using cutting edge real life UCLan psychological research as a guide. Participants will then put their results into a research paper format for submission to our Psychology Academics for feedback.

Using up to date ‘Youth and Community Work’ theory, participants will explore the different communities around the UK and consider how they may relate to larger British contemporary society.

On-Campus subject-specific events

The following sessions are delivered at our Preston Campus, for students in year 12 studying a Level 3 qualification. They are usually a full day, but arrangements can be made to suit your requirements

Students get to experience what it would be like to work in a forensics lab investigating a fictional murder. They will evaluate the crime scene and suspect DNA samples using fibre analysis and modern molecular biological techniques including restriction digests and gel electrophoresis. This workshop is a great introduction to genetics and forensic analysis and can be adapted for higher ability groups.to include ink analysis by TLC chromatography. We have the following dates available:

  • 13 October 2021
  • 9 February 2022
  • 23 February 2022
  • 2 March 2022
  • 23 March 2022

Duration: 4 hours
Max Group Size: 30
During this workshop, students get to experience what it would be like to work in a forensics lab investigating a fictional murder. They will evaluate the crime scene and suspect DNA samples using fibre analysis and modern molecular biological techniques including restriction digests and gel electrophoresis. This workshop is a great introduction to genetics and forensic analysis and can be adapted for higher ability groups.to include ink analysis by TLC chromatography.

Students will choose one workshop from a choice of:

  • Enhance your decision-making skills: The Stock Market game
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills: Marketing and the corporate world
  • Develop your digital skillset: technology and the visitor economy

We have the following date available:

  • 17 November 2021

More information to follow.

We have the following date available:

  • From May 2022

Students take part in a taster day, to give them an insight into being a journalist. They are given the chance to present a programme in our TV studio and do some of the behind the scenes roles in the gallery, vision mixing, graphics and sound. Putting together a radio news bulletin and recording it in our radio studio. They will take part in ethical debates, learnt about media law and are taught how to write their own name using shorthand.

We have the following dates available

  • From May 2022

Students will experience a full actioned packed day of Human Memory: Understanding aids recall; Eyewitness Testimony: Evolving suspects faces with EvoFIT; Choosing the right Psychology degree.

We have the following date available:

  • 3 November 2021
  • 19 January 2022

There is a lot of information for students to process and take in when it comes to Higher Education (HE). Here we answer their burning questions on the benefits of studying at University, the opportunities and guidance available to them and much more.

This session provides the perfect introduction to all things HE related. Students will be introduced to the benefits of studying at degree level followed by an overview of the types of courses available, subject choices offered and the different environments for studying in.

Working with students, we advise them on choosing the perfect course for them as well as what to consider when looking for the right University.

This session will look at the range of courses open to students from traditional subjects to the more vocational based. Research is the key to students finding the right course so we will explain the types of things they should be looking at as well as considering the range of establishments where it is possible to study HE courses at and the key things they should be considering.

Are your students unsure where to begin with their UCAS applications? If so, we can offer a variety of different sessions to help get them started including a personal statement presentation, a writing workshop, or one-to-one appointment.

Our personal statement presentation begins with a recap of the application cycle so that students know what to expect over the coming year, before focusing on the personal statement section of the UCAS application form. We will look at the structure, what to include as well as providing lots of useful hints and tips. The initial presentation can be followed up by a personal statement writing workshop. Students can also book a personal session with one of our experts.

An increasingly popular and attractive alternative to traditional degrees, this session will explain what degree apprenticeships are, how they are structured, the pros and cons and how and where to apply.

Are your students struggling to understand how the University fee system works? Are they put off higher education due to the debt? This session will help students understand the support available, how and when to apply and the repayment system. There is the added option of finishing with a fun, interactive, group budgeting activity.

This session is also suitable for parents and carers.

Our student ambassadors have a real passion for inspiring students in the possibilities of Higher Education. Students increasingly want to engage with current students who can share their experiences with them. We can work with you to create a range of authentic activities that can be delivered on or off campus, that offer a unique perspective on the HE experience.

Other subject sessions will be added as they are developed, but if there is a specific subject area that you would like to focus on please contact us and we will see what we can arrange.

Frequently asked questions

A member of UCLan staff will arrive at your school/college 30 minutes before the scheduled session(s) to setup. We will then deliver the session to your participants. (Please note: a fully trained teacher needs to be in attendance at all times).

A member of UCLan 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 and 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.

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

We might be able to deliver more than one session at the same time depending on staff availability, but this is not guaranteed. Let us know what you want, and we will see what we can do.

Yes, you can bring multiple groups for activities happening on the same day.

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 UCLan outreach staff will lead the session. We will also provide all the necessary resources.

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 £250 after the event has taken place.