Outreach and Widening Participation

UCB is committed to widening access to Higher Education. We offer interesting and exciting ways for young people who may not be considering university as an option to explore student life and raise aspirations.

  • 97.9% of our young, full-time undergraduates are from state schools. Of these, 13.8% are from areas designated as low participation neighbourhoods
  • On our foundation degree courses, 99.4% of young, full-time students are from state schools, and 15.6% are from low-participation neighbourhoods
  • 19% of our mature full-time foundation degree undergraduate students are from low participation areas within the West Midlands

Bringing the real world into the classroom. Our outreach events are designed to ensure you get the most out of the event. We include hands-on workshops, guest speakers and lectures are 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

Take a look below at our upcoming events, if you are interested in taking part in the workshops please contact Joanna Axinte - j.axinte@ucb.ac.uk

These fantastic events are a great opportunity for students to take part in practical workshops to develop those much needed transferable skills, as well as motivating and inspiring students to think about their future careers and aspirations. 

Outreach events


For further information and to book places please contact Joanna Axinte j.axinte@ucb.ac.uk or Ellis Hill e.hill@ucb.ac.uk.

Past events

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

School testimonials

Criteria for application

The programmes are 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

To make an enquiry please email Joanna Axinte – j.axinte@ucb.ac.uk. We will need to know: - approximate number of students, year group and any special requirements.

Although these events are free, if you wish to amend or cancel your 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.

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.  



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Our past events were 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