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Thinking about university?

Find out more about going to university

We have a wide range of activities you can attend to find out more about going to university. Below you can read about the activities we deliver and find out how you can get involved. Our support continues throughout the student journey and so you will also find information about the activities and support available for current students.

Please note that our access activities require young people to meet our widening participation criteria.


  • Lancaster Access Programme

    Lancaster Access Programme is an exciting opportunity allowing young people to develop skills to help their school/college studies, attend informative events and enhance their application to progress to university in the future.

    The programme gives students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, events and experiences including campus residentials, workshops, study skills and masterclasses. They have access to a dedicated online Lancaster University Moodle platform allowing them to sign up to events, access a range of dedicated resources and receive support from Lancaster University staff and current students and work toward a lower offer for study at Lancaster.

    Find out more information on the Lancaster Access Programme webpages.

  • Realising Opportunities

    Realising Opportunities is a national collaboration of 16 research-intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups underrepresented in higher education. Over the two year programme Year 12 students from partner schools across Lancashire and Cumbria, take part in a student conference, an academic element and have the opportunity to visit universities around the country.

    Upon successful completion of the programme, students are eligible for special consideration on application at any of the 16 partner universities.

    More information on the programme can be found here: Realising Opportunities.

  • Access to Medicine

    Access to Medicine is an amazing opportunity for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to find out more about studying medicine at Lancaster University and to help you decide if medicine is a career you wish to pursue further. 

    You will discover what it is like to learn at Lancaster Medical School and receive expert advice and guidance about how to make a successful application to study a medical degree.

    More information about Access to Medicine and how you can get involved.

  • All Inclusive

    All Inclusive is a programme for students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 who have a disability, mental health condition, Specific Learning Difficulty and/or who are on the autism spectrum. All Inclusive aims to provide you with information, advice and guidance regarding university and the range of support services available at university, to support you in making informed decisions about your education in the future. 

    A range of opportunities are available as part of All Inclusive, from in-school workshops and activities, to one-day campus visits for your school, community group or to attend with your parents/guardians. 

    If you would like to learn more about our All Inclusive campus visits or are interested in attending a future visit then please get in touch via or you can call us on 01524 593880.

  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees

    We are currently working with the Students’ Union and the Red Rose Society, as well as academics and other staff across the University to develop a package of support for an asylum seeker or refugee where they do not have access to student finance due to their immigration status.

    In addition, working with the University of Cumbria and other local partners, we are looking into options to support local asylum seeker and refugee communities with free language classes, business workshops and careers advice and access to University facilities.

  • Care Experienced and Care Leaver Initiatives

    We are currently working in collaboration with Lancashire County Council to provide a programme of support for young people in care and those who work with them.

    In addition, we offer a range of visit days, events and activities for young people who are currently in care, care experienced or care leavers.

    These activities and visits provide an insight into student life and the support available at university for care leavers.

    If you would like to learn more about this project or you are interested in attending a future visit, please get in touch by emailing or by calling us on 01524 593880.  

  • Online taster sessions

    Tattoos, Motherhood and living at the margins of society: Social Work Online Taster Session

    Saturday 5th December 2020

    This online taster session provides an introduction to studying Social Work at university. It explores how we can use tattoos as a vehicle for storytelling, a means to explore and learn about the lives of women whose experiences place them at the margins of society. It also offers the opportunity to ask questions to our staff and current Social Work students. 

    Who is it for?

    This session is aimed at Year 12 13 A-Level students as well as BTEC Level 3 Year 1 & 2 students who are thinking of studying Social Work at university.


    10:30am – 10:45am: Introductions and introduction to Lancaster University 

    10:45am – 11:00am: Studying Social Work at Lancaster University, Social Work Bursaries and Placement Information  

    11:00am – 11:30am: The tattoos of mothers living apart from their children: Social Work Taster Session 

    11:30am – 11:55am: Social Work Student Ambassador Q&A Panel 

    11:55am – 12:00pmFinal comments and close 

    How do I register? 

    To register, click here and complete the registration form.

  • STEM Taster Day

    Our annual STEM Taster Day is aimed at Year 12 students who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related subject at degree level. Spending a day at our campus, the Taster Day will equip you with a greater knowledge of your favourite subjects at higher education and provide an insight into university life, helping you to make informed choices about what you would like to study when it comes to applying to university.

    During the event you will have an opportunity to:

    • Tour key locations around our 560-acre campus
    • Take part in interactive taster sessions
    • Meet staff and current students from our academic departments
    • Enjoy a free buffet lunch

    To learn more, visit the STEM Taster Day webpage.

  • Summer Schools

    Our Summer Schools programme offers a range of exciting opportunities for Year 12 students to experience university life and prepare for future study in higher education.

    Over 4-5 days, you will complete academic sessions in your chosen subject and experience lectures, workshops, and practicals. We also offer a full social calendar to allow you to understand university life beyond your academic studies.

    We offer Summer Schools across all four faculties throughout the year and a separate Medicine Summer School.

  • Essay Competition

    Discover what it is like to be an independent learner at university by taking part in our Essay Competition, for students in Year 12. You will have the opportunity to research, produce and submit a piece of academic work, developing skills that will help you prepare for degree-level study. Not only will you receive feedback on your work, but you’ll also have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes!

    Applications will open shortly.

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Activities for schools, colleges and community groups

As well as events that you can sign up for yourself, we also have events and activities that your teachers/advisors can register you or your class for.


  • Energise

    Energise works with young white men to explore their perceptions of masculinity, their future plans and career ambitions through the development of a creative arts project in collaboration with The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. The young men explore a range of themes through in school sessions and work together with their peers to develop a visual media piece.

    The project is framed by a launch event in school and a celebration event on campus at the University. The young men will showcase their visual media projects to teachers and parents, as well as receiving higher education guidance and employer input.

    Energise is offered to Year 10 and 11 students who are white males from low socio-economic backgrounds (household income below £30,000) or from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR 4 Quintile 1 postcode). We ask that young men also meet one of our widening participation criteria. To take part in the project, we also ask that participants are capable of achieving GCSE English and Maths at Level 4 and a further seven GCSEs at Level 4 or above.

    If you need any more information or are interested in being involved in Energise for your students please get in touch on or 01524 595232.

  • Inspire

    The Inspire project is focused on supporting Year 10 and 11 students from coastal communities in the North West to reach their potential. Students are selected by their teachers and need to meet two widening participation criteria. Students on the Inspire project do not need to meet any academic criteria, but their teacher must believe they have the potential to achieve.

    Students will receive regular group mentoring, attend academic workshops, development days, and finish the project with a residential on campus and a celebration event with parents. The group mentoring sessions focus on raising confidence, resilience, assertiveness, and improving students' growth mind-set.

    If you need any more information or would like to be involved, please get in touch on or 01524 595232.

  • Inspiration Days

    Inspiration Days give Year 10 pupils the opportunity to visit a highly-ranked, research intensive university and take part in a series of activities designed to both challenge and inspire. All activities are delivered by our highly-trained current students, giving your pupils the chance to hear first-hand about the academic, social, sporting and cultural opportunities available at university.

    At present, there are no Inspiration Days scheduled. To find out more or to request a place for your school, please contact

    Year group Year 10
    Location Lancaster University main campus
    Date See Above
    Gatsby benchmark links 3, 6 and 7


  • Lancaster Plus

    Lancaster Plus offers a range of mentoring and skills sessions, delivered by current Lancaster University Student Ambassadors, for groups of Year 9, 10 and 11 students across the North West of England. These sessions provide students with the key skills and knowledge to succeed in their GCSEs and ultimately progress to higher education. Available sessions include:

    • Exam and Revision Skills
    • Resilience and Fear of Failure
    • Goal Setting and Looking to the Future
    • Your Next Steps and Careers
    • Skills for the Future
    • Time Management and Organisation
    • Stress Management

    Lancaster Plus is offered to school groups of Year 9, 10 and 11 students who meet two of our widening participation criteria in North West schools.

    If you need any more information or are interested in being involved in Lancaster Plus, please get in touch on or 01524 595232.

  • Research in a Box

    An amazing array of equipment, resources and activity plans, Research in a Box allows you to bring university style learning and research to life in your classroom.

    Aiming to inspire the next generation of researchers, these free resources give your students the opportunity to learn through engaging activities or experiences using research equipment as part of interactive practical sessions. Designed by our academics, these resources will also enable your students to discover the long-reaching impact of our world-leading research. The equipment and activities have been designed with the GCSE and A-level curriculum in mind, enabling you to teach the syllabus in a fun, exciting and innovative way. 

    Visit the Research in a Box page to find out more about the range of Boxes available to loan.

  • The Role Model Ambassador Project

    The Role Model Ambassador Project is an outreach initiative working with current Lancaster students and young people in Year 9 - Year 13 from the British South Asian community in the North West.

    The project comprises of a series of Role Model Ambassador visits, community events and Madrasah workshops, sessions in local faith and non-faith schools and on campus events. 

    If you would like to get involved in the Role Model Ambassador Project or learn more about upcoming events, then please get in touch via or 01524 593030.

  • STEM Challenge Day

    Our annual STEM Challenge Day enables Year 9 students to share their enthusiasm for subjects across science, technology, engineering and maths whilst meeting our world-leading academics. Competing on behalf of your school in a range of fun and interactive challenges, your pupils will have an amazing day and could even win a range of prizes for themselves and the school. The challenges vary each year, but in previous years students have been challenged to design and fire bottle rockets, make iodine clocks and even create musical instruments from fruit!

    To find out more or to book a place for your school, please contact

    Year group Year 9
    Location Lancaster University campus
    Date TBC
    Gatsby benchmark links 3, 6 and 7

Student Success

At Lancaster University we offer a programme of activities to ensure all students have the opportunity to thrive during their studies and successfully progress into graduate employment or postgraduate study. Read more about our Student Success Officers and the Lancaster Success Programme on our Student Success webpage.