Widening access programmes and support for Pre 16

The outreach team deliver a suite of programmes designed to promote fair access to education

Committed to reducing the gaps in higher education when it comes to the under-representation of particular groups, the outreach team deliver a suite of programmes designed to promote fair access to education. We provide opportunities to engage with the University and support individuals with advice and guidance relating to their HE choices.


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Year 10 University Experience

LJMU host a variety of events specifically targeted at looked after children. One of our largest events is held during National Care Leavers Week, where young people aged 13-17 who have the potential to achieve and enter HE are welcomed on campus to experience a whole host of HE-related activities.

We work in close partnership with local schools, colleges and the surrounding local authorities to offer one-to-one mentoring and bespoke visits to those who are care experienced.

Year 10 university experience - Thursday 30th June - Friday 1st July 2022

Our two day summer residential for Year 10 students in local authority care is a great opportunity to experience life at LJMU. Students will discover what life at university is like and hear first-hand about the support that is available to them.

Activities include:
  • an introduction into the higher education experience
  • campus tours and overnight stay in LJMU accommodation
  • hands-on taster sessions in one of LJMU’s many subject areas
  • opportunities to participate in social activities
  • a chance to speak to current care-experienced LJMU students

We’ve had many students attend past residentials not knowing anyone before they arrived and leaving with firm friends, but if students do feel more comfortable bringing a friend* along, that can be arranged. This event is free and includes transport to and from LJMU, all meals, refreshments and the materials needed throughout the event.

To apply for this year's residential please complete the application form.

Any further questions please email Outreach@ljmu.ac.uk 


Widening Access Programmes

LJMU’s widening access programmes engage with cohorts of 30 pupils in selected schools in the Liverpool city region.

This sustained programme supports students from under-represented groups to aspire to university level education through a series of staged interactions in each of the school years, from Year 9 up to Year 11.

Schools identify 30 pupils who, along with having the ability to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including Maths and English), must meet at least one of the following:

  • No family history of higher education
  • Black minority ethnic background
  • While male from low socio-economic background
  • Seen or unseen disability
  • Looked after children
  • Pupil who is a carer for a family member
For further information on how your school could get involved please email outreach@ljmu.ac.uk

Shaping Futures

We are one of twelve partners that form the collaborative programme, Shaping Futures as part of the Uni-Connect Programme. We deliver activities designed to raise aspirations and provide impartial HE information, advice and guidance to 14-18 year old learners from the Liverpool city region, to support them in fulfilling their educational potential. Our particular focus is on raising GCSE academic attainment in mathematics through mentoring sessions and GCSE Maths Club. This allows students to progress into HE with the required qualifications.

Mentor Me

Mentoring session - MentorMe

Mentoring in schools for groups identified as under-represented in higher education.

For this programme, pupils are paired with current LJMU student advocates to receive pastoral and academic support. The mentoring programme aims to build confidence while raising aspiration and attainment and provides an insight into what life at university is like.

For more information please get in touch.

Law Factor

In partnership with the law firm, DWF, Law Factor is our access to the professions programme.

Law Factor gives pupils from LJMU’s widening participation schools the opportunity to discover more about the legal profession through a structured programme of activity delivered by the Liverpool based law firm, DWF. Twilight interactions provide young people with an insight into law from professional lawyers and help to develop their confidence to believe such careers are accessible to them.

Law Factor 2023 will open for applications Autumn 2022

Disabled students

We provide specific support for students with a disability prior to enrolment at LJMU.

The widening participation team heavily support the need for inclusivity by working with target groups who are under-represented in higher education. This includes care leavers, young adult carers, disabled young people and those who are first generation in HE. The activities we deliver range from one-to-one mentoring, subject-specific events to a summer residential specific for those in care. In addition, outreach support an annual event aimed at those with Asperger’s/autism who have applied to LJMU.

Black and minority ethnic students

The University offers a range of events and projects specifically encouraging applications from specific ethnic backgrounds.

Black History Month

Details will be announced soon regarding this year’s Black History Month taking place in October 2019.

Chemistry for All

This programme aims to increase the number of school leavers with the skills and potential to pursue chemistry at university and beyond.

Primary schools

We work with a number of primary schools in Merseyside offering student volunteers the opportunity to work with children.

In school numeracy and literacy mentoring

Volunteers work with children one-to-one or in groups to help them with their literacy or numeracy.

Campus visits

These visits are largely hosted by current students allowing them to gain experience working with children. During the visits, student volunteers design and deliver their own university taster sessions to inspire young learners.