UCB Outreach Events Programme

You are starting an exciting career journey. Between the ages of 11 to 16 you will have chances to experiment with different career ideas and options. You’ll start to build a future that makes the most of your skills and interests. Here at UCB we offer an amazing range of career opportunities, some of which you might never have heard of.

Bringing the real world into the classroom. Our outreach events are designed with you in mind by incorporating hands-on workshops and guest speaker lectures delivered by industry experts. This is your chance to find out more about and experience different career paths to see what suits you, discover what Higher Education is and what part it could play in making your dream career a reality.

Upcoming events

The APPrentice

Monday 21 November 2016, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Years 9, 10 and 11

Are you the next Alan Sugar, Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerburg?

This is a fantastic opportunity for Years 9, 10 & 11 to experience university life first hand and develop their business skills by taking part in fun and interactive sessions such as The Apprentice.

Specialist lecturers and industry experts will give students an insight into how to create and design an app focusing on a specific theme. At the end of planning process students will work in groups to take everything that they have learnt and present a proposal to our panel of ‘Dragons’. 

The Eventice Challenge

Monday 28 November 2016, 9.30am – 2.30pm

Years 9, 10 and 11

Students will gain an understating of the skillset required to work in the events industry by taking part in various interactive sessions. They will be given a brief and asked to design an event from scratch and to promote this to their chosen market. These sessions will give participating students an insight into what event planning is and the role of marketing within it. At the end students will be required to present their idea to an expert panel. 

Other upcoming events

Health and Social Care Day, Thursday 1 December 2016

Disabilities in Needs Day, Friday 9 December 2016

Childhood Studies Day, Monday 12 December 2016

Functional Skills Awareness Day, date to be confirmed 

Programme to be confirmed shortly. 

For further information and to book please contact Joanna Axinte - j.axinte@ucb.ac.uk. 

2017 Outreach Programme survey

In order to continuously improve our outreach programmes, this 2 minutes survey has been developed to gather feedback from teachers, head of years and careers advisers. This will help us ensure that the activities we run are tailored effectively and timely. Your answers will remain anonymous.  


Past events

You can also have a look at our past events programme here - download the full programme 

School testimonials

Criteria for application

The programme is designed for students who have the potential and academic ability to progress to study at university, but may need extra support to develop their confidence, motivation, and attainment. We are particularly interested in working with students who: 

  • Live in the West Midlands 
  • May be the first generation in their family to go to university (excluding siblings)
  • Live in an area where participation in university is low 
  • Are part of a group that is under-represented within UK universities 
  • Are eligible for Free School Meals / FSM6 / Pupil Premium or the 16-19 Bursary
  • Children in Care / Care Leavers 

How to apply

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book, please email Joanna Axinte – j.axinte@ucb.ac.uk and include the title of the event & date in the subject line. We will need to know: - approximate number of students, year group and any special requirements.

Although these events are free to attend, if you wish to amend or cancel a booking you must provide at least two weeks’ notice prior to the event otherwise a cancellation fee of £15 per student will be incurred. Amendments need to be made by email. A £15 cancellation fee will also be charged per student for any "no shows" on the day and can be passed on to students at teacher’s discretion.


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These events are funded by the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme, which aims to encourage more young people into Higher Education (HE). It brings together universities and Further Education colleges into local networks to provide coordinated outreach to schools and colleges.

To find out more about the range of activities that Aimhigher West Midlands organise for students across the region, visit www.aimhigherwm.ac.uk