Campus Visits

We welcome over 100 school and college visits to campus and offer programmes tailored to visitor requirements aiming to demystify Higher Education.

These include tours of campus and talks on general Higher Education issues such as choosing the right course, student life and student finance. Visits also include the chance for prospective students to meet our current Lancaster student ambassadors.

Academic Taster Sessions

We encourage academic excellence and offer a series of specialist masterclasses to support teaching in schools and colleges. These cover topics which complement students’ current learning in a university environment. Masterclasses are typically delivered by academic staff, supported by our student ambassadors.

Residential Summer Schools

We give students from low HE participation backgrounds the chance to live on campus and experience what studying at a top university is really like. By doing this, we hope to raise aspirations and give them the confidence to apply. We run up to 5 residential summer schools a year designed to give students a realistic university experience. During the stay, we offer a wide range of academic subjects, workshops, talks and social activities. To find out more please contact us at:

Lancaster Schools Partnership Programme

We have established partnerships with 10 regional partner school and colleges in the Northwest with higher than average numbers of students from widening participation groups, and will be working with them to raise aspirations. If you would like to talk to us about becoming a partner school or college please contact

Lancaster University Student Mentoring Programme

We offer very bright students from widening participation backgrounds/ low participation schools and colleges a mentoring programme. The programme is designed to encourage them to apply to university. We’ll be sending 32 current Lancaster student mentors out to 10 schools working with around 160 mentees. If you’d like your students to be involved in our mentoring programme please get in touch

Raising Aspirations Though Volunteering

The University also provides widening participation activities through its highly successful student volunteering unit, managed through Lancaster University Students Union.