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. 

Past events

You can have a look at our past events here – Young Waiters Morning and Summer Programme 2016 – and via the videos below. If you would like to discuss running similar events please contact Joanna or Alex via ncop@ucb.ac.uk We will need to know approximate number of students attending, 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.


Digital Marketing Skills Development Programme 

Working with gangs and youth violence  



Discovering NHS Career Pathways



School testimonials


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Our events are funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which aims to encourage more young people into Higher Education (HE). It brings universities together 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