Uni Connect

Uni Connect is a free service funded by the government. It helps young people – especially those from groups who are less likely to go to university – to explore routes into higher education as well as the benefits and realities.

It does this through partnerships between local universities, colleges, schools, employers and charities.

Aim Higher West Midlands works in partnership with University College Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Aston University, Birmingham City University, Worcester University and Birmingham Newman University.

Get in touch

If you are a school interested in taking part in the Aim Higher programme, please contact Katie Jones to see if you eligible to take part.

Email Katie

Support for teachers and schools

Uni Connect supports schools by running activities for young people to help them explore routes to higher education. Examples include:

  • subject masterclasses
  • targeted academic support for pupils
  • summer schools
  • in-school activities as well as visit days
  • activities with employers
  • information, advice and guidance for careers advisers and services.
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Support for young people and parents

Uni Connect helps young people make informed choices about their future education. Young people can take part in a range of activities, arranged through their school and local Uni Connect partnership, including:

  • summer schools and visits to universities and colleges
  • events
  • mentoring
  • information, guidance, and advice
  • subject masterclasses.


  • Uni Connect activities are entirely free, so parents do not need to pay for any activity.
  • Partnerships employ trained and professional staff.
  • Uni Connect is an impartial service, designed to help young people make the decision that is right for them.
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