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Educate and empower your students to consider higher education as a valuable progression route into their desired career.

Connect your students with higher education (HE) with engaging activities and events, on campus and at your school or college. Events are designed to encourage young people to consider higher education as a worthy progression route into a career.

Of particular focus are those students who may not have considered higher education before but for who a HE qualification would open up valuable career and life opportunities. We predominantly work with young people between the ages of 12-19 years. However, we also work with groups of young people outside these ages so please enquire.

Take part in exciting activities and events

Our regular events are available for any school or group, with prior booking needed. Your students will enjoy a range of engaging activities designed for them to have fun and get a feeling for what university is like. Please enquire or complete a booking form to confirm events below.

Post-16 – university life and study skills

Supporting students considering higher education to make the right decisions about what to do, why and where to go and how to approach their living and learning. Topics include choosing universities and courses, writing personal statements and UCAS help, student life hints and tips, study skills, student finance and budgeting and time management. Download our ‘Activities for Schools and Colleges’ brochure.

Subject taster workshops with lecturers and students

For post-16 students, these workshops offer an invaluable first-hand experience of studying a subject at higher education level. Students will work with and be taught by our best lecturers as well as students to explore their subject of interest in greater detail. We are happy to come to you or host on-campus.

Find out more about our subject specific opportunities.

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Compact scheme

Become a partner for specialist activities and events

If you are a school or college with post-16 students, you are eligible to apply to be a Compact Partner. As a member, you will have priority when booking events and access to a specialist programme designed for your group. This programme includes bespoke activities, dedicated advice and guidance, support with applications, as well as a university induction event for applicants. Students coming to us from our Compact Partner schools are eligible to apply for a bursary to support their studies. We currently have over 50 partners. Please enquire.

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Strategic alliance

Designed to make higher education more accessible.

The University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College, and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have formed a strategic alliance for higher education in Gloucestershire and the west of England. The initiative is raising the quality, range and accessibility of higher education in the county through stronger links between further and higher education. The collaboration is seeing a range of new courses available to students each year. Students coming to us through the strategic alliance are eligible to apply for a bursary to support their studies.

‘Why teach?’ workshops

Designed to engage males and ethnic minority groups into a teaching career. This 'Why teach?' talk will cover everything your students need to know about training routes, qualifying, and what being a good teacher entails. Workshops are held at your school or college and bespoke content can be included on request.

Conference days

Our conference days welcome large numbers of students from schools and colleges to the university to hear guest speakers and senior lecturers discussing ‘hot topics’ in their fields. Guests will meet current students and get first-hand advice on choosing subjects and applying for university.

Subject specific presentations with graduate advocates

With a focus on art and design, media, and sports and exercise, your students can learn more about their subjects of interest and relevant careers from recent graduates. These graduates have first-hand experience of these course areas and are great role models. Please enquire for more details.

Pre-16 activities

Fun activities designed to provide inspiration and insight into the world of higher education. Workshops include ‘My Future Selfie’, ‘A-Z of courses’, ‘Your Universe-ity’, a Top Trumps-style future prospects game, and our ever popular Budgeting Board Game. Download activity details

Summer schools

A week in the life of a university student. For year 12 students from any school or college and year 10 compact partner school students. An action-packed week of fun and engaging course sessions, this fantastic opportunity will give your students a real taste for university living and learning. Students will attend mini lectures, get specialist careers advice and live in en-suite halls of residence, just as a real student does (except all meals will be cooked for them!) Summer schools are free.

Open evenings and careers fairs

Include a member of our team in your open evening and careers fair. Our staff will offer impartial advice about careers, university and subject choices, progression routes, and information about the university. Please enquire for our service.