School University Network

Access and widening participation - school workshop

As part of our commitment to access and widening participation, the university works in partnership with a network of primary and secondary schools delivering a programme of aspiration raising activities. These include on campus visits, workshops both in school and within our UCLan and Young Scientist Centre, group mentoring programmes, residential activities and revision sessions.

We work with schools who have a high proportion of young people who are from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education (HE). We base this on factors such as:

  • Geographic location - young people who live neighbourhoods with high levels of deprivation and/or low-HE participation
  • Low household income - assessed through free school meal/pupil premium eligibility
  • Those who are first in their immediate family to attend university

As part of our wider access work we deliver activities with young people in community settings. Alongside our school and community programmes we run targeted activities that work with young people from specific groups that are underrepresented in university, find out more about our social inclusion activities.

If you are a school or organisation that works with young people and you would like more information about the activity that we run through our access and widening participation programmes, please contact us on

If your school is not able to take part in our access-specific activities there is a huge range of programmes and events open to all schools and colleges.