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Programmes & Events

We run a range of programmes and events for students from various under-represented groups in higher education. You can also find information about other programmes and events across the UK.

Programmes & Events run by Lancaster University

Future Leader Experiences

Future Leader Experiences

Future Leader Experiences is a free 3 day leadership development programme delivered for Lancaster University by Common Purpose, an independent international leadership organisation. 

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Capital Connections

Capital Connections

Interested in exploring a career in the City? Want to find out more about graduate life, but unsure how? Keen to meet some former Lancaster Students working in the city?

This FREE TRIP is your chance to experience London or Manchester first hand, visit some great graduate employers, meet Lancaster graduates at a networking evening, and learn more about travelling and staying in the city.

It is also your chance to experience a graduate level application process before you start applying for graduate jobs!

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Medical Connections

Medical Connections

Medical Connections is a unique opportunity aimed at first year students at Lancaster Medical School to develop your professional connections & networking skills, and increase your confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, to help you to prepare for your future as a medic.

With a series of workshops and one day visit off-campus, Medical Connections will provide you with an opportunity for self-development and an experience to broaden your horizons and connect with others beyond Lancaster Medical School.

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Career Mentoring Programme

Career Mentoring Programme

Mentoring can make a big difference to your life and your future career prospects.

Originally designed for undergraduate students, the programme has been running since 2008 and has become progressively more popular each year. Even if you have no idea what career you would like in the future, we have mentors who can assist. Mentoring will help you assess your career goals and get you thinking in different ways about how to reach them.

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upReach partner with Lancaster University to provide a free, comprehensive professional development programme, tailored to the needs of eligible undergraduates. This personalised support is delivered by a dedicated Programme Coordinator in partnership with top employers who offer exclusive opportunities. Through their support activities, upReach help students (called upReach Associates) into full time graduate employment. In 2016, the average salary of an Associate with a graduate job was £27,553, over £5,500 more than the average graduate. So far our Associates have secured internships or graduate jobs at 42 ‘Times Top 100’ firms.

Register at to find out if you are eligible for this programme. As part of the application process, you will be invited to complete a questionnaire that identifies your employability strengths and weaknesses. Whether or not you become an Associate, you will be sent a Personal Employability Report. This has been created based on a Graduate Employability Framework, developed in conjunction with our upReach employers and universities. For more information, visit


National Programmes & Events

TARGETjobs Events

TARGETjobs Events

A series of events to give students from diverse groups the advice, confidence and contacts to secure their chosen career. 

TARGETjobs events


Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience. 

Change 100
Civil Service

Civil Service Early Diversity Internship Programme

This award winning internship is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The 5-day placement in a government department gives you valuable insight and understanding of what it's like to be on the Fast Stream. 

If you're interested in a career in the Civil Service, it's an ideal way to learn in a short space of time if we're right for you. It’s also a great foundation for applying to the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP).

Early Diversity Internship Programme
Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme

Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme

The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.

The SDIP is a great way to prepare for a place on one of our Fast Stream graduate programmes, which could lead to many different career paths at the heart of the UK Government. Two months on the SDIP could change your life!

You’ll also be invited to undertake Fast Pass, which is a quicker route to Fast Stream selection.The Fast Pass means if you receive a positive appraisal during the 2019 SDIP internship, and then apply for Fast Stream 2020, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages. You’ll also receive coaching to support you. This givesyou an excellent chance to succeed on the Fast Stream.

Summer Diversity Internship Programme
Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme

Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme

The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme believes Parliament should be accessible to everyone. It is widening access by offering a 9 month paid placement to people who have the skills, passion and potential to work here but don’t have access to the traditional routes in. 

Applications are currently closed; watch this space for updates for when applications open again.

There are 10 positions available with MPs from different political parties. The Scheme is open to people from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and they moved to London from many different parts of the UK. Successful candidates will spend their time getting to understand parliament by working with an MP in their office from Monday – Thursday.

Speaker's Parliamentary Placement Scheme

Sector-specific Programmes


» Pathways Plus
Pathways Plus is a programme that looks to inspire and support undergraduate Law students to explore a range of careers in the legal profession. Students must be in the first year of a Law degree and from a group under-represented in HE.

» DiversCity in Law
A recruitment event aimed at raising awareness of pursuing a legal career in the City amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students at degree and postgraduate level.

» Aspiring Solicitors
Aspiring Solicitors work with over 26 law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal profession schemes.

Banking & Finance

» FreshLook
FreshLook is an investment banking insight event for female undergraduates of all degree disciplines.

» Winning Women
An introductory program for undergraduate women, the Winning Women program provides an entry into financial services and a meaningful overview of the many opportunities for female leadership at the firm.

» Uncovering Prospects
Uncovering prospects in the city – a career for students of black heritage interested in an internship in Professional Services, Banking and Finance.

» Inside & Out
Inside & Out is an investment banking insight event for first and second year lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* students of all degree disciplines (i.e. finishing studies in 2020 and 2021).

Science & Technology

» Women's Engineering Society
A charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnershiptosupport and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.


» Creative Access
Creative Access help young people from a BAME background access creative careers.

» BBC Extend Hub
The BBC is committed to increasing the number of people with disabilities working the corporation and have created the Extend Hub as the BBC’s new talent disability recruitment portal.