The Student Recruitment team work with many local schools and colleges to encourage progression onto higher education.

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We are always happy to hear from schools and colleges who would like to visit the campus or who would like us to visit them so that their students can find out more about Higher Education. 

Talks and workshops

Our programme of workshops can be delivered on campus or in a school or college. Our sessions are designed to enable students to make informed decisions about progression to Higher Education. These sessions can be tailored to suit the class size, year group and lesson time. Workshops are run by staff from the Student Recruitment team often with Student Ambassadors supporting the session.

For more information, please contact us by emailing or call +44 (0)1962 827543

Talks available for students

  • Choosing a course and university
  • Why go to uni?/The benefits of Higher Education
  • The UCAS application process
  • Student Finance
  • Writing a Personal Statement
  • How to make the most of Open Days and UCAS Exhibitions from a host university
  • Next Steps

Workshops available for students

  • Writing a Personal Statement
  • Personal Statement Checking

Talks available for parents/guardians

  • Information on Higher Education

Subject-Specific Talks

We can arrange for subject specific talks delivered by University of Winchester lecturers. These can be either on campus or at your school/college (within a reasonable distance).

The talks are designed for Year 12 and 13 students with a particular subject interest. This is a free service lasting roughly an hour, although this can alter depending on your requirements. If you would like to book this activity, please contact us.

Webinars, Taster Days and Masterclasses

Our programme of engagement events for the academic year 2018-18 will be available in the coming weeks:

Taster Days

A Taster Day usually takes place from 9.30am until 2.45pm. Taster Days focus on one particular theme, providing details on the overall subject, the industry and careers and includes a practical ‘have a go’ session.Taster Days are ideal for students who are keen to spend the day visiting the university to hear more about specialist subject areas as well as finding out about finance, student life and how to apply to university.

If you would like to bring a group of students to visit the University of Winchester, please contact us to organise a visit.


A 60-minute webinar from the comfort of your student classroom is perfect when time is too short to travel to our campus. We offer webinars on 'Tips for personal statements', 'Preparing for a UCAS exhibition' and many more.

Please contact us to organise a visit.

Compact partnerships

The University of Winchester is committed to encouraging and supporting all students who have academic potential and ability to progress to higher education.

​We have therefore formed compact partnerships with a number of schools and colleges across the southern region. The University's role in forming this partnership is:

  • To improve participation rates in Higher Education.
  • To involve people in Higher Education who come from sections of the community which are under-represented in Higher Education.
  • To provide local opportunities for progression from Further Education/Sixth Form into Higher Education.
  • To effect easier transition from Further Education/Sixth Form to Higher Education.
  • To work together in a collaborative and collegiate partnership.

If you are a member of staff from a school or college and are not a Compact Partner but would like to discuss the partnership further, or are a potential applicant and want to know about entry requirements via the Compact Partnerships please contact Alix Hickman by:

Emailing:  or Call: +44 (0)1962 827031


Frequently Asked Questions: Compact Scheme

What is the Compact Scheme?

Students applying through the Compact Scheme are guaranteed an offer of a place for non-interview courses.  For courses that require an interview as part of the application process, compact applicants are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

Compact applicants can receive extra support for their transition to university.  A lower offer, place in student housing and/or a contact in our Student Services department can be arranged.  Compact applicants should speak to their Tutor or Careers Adviser and ask them to complete a Tutor's Supporting Application Form (see above) in order to request one or more of these.

Compact students are eligible for a pick'n'mix style financial support package.  After a Compact applicant has enrolled they will be able to claim up to £100 from one or more of the following: book voucher, mobile phone voucher, money towards childcare, money towards groceries and homewares, discounted car parking on campus, bus pass and railcard.  Compact students will need to provide receipts and will receive a cheque to reimburse the costs (up to a total of £100.) In order to be eligible for this support package students will need to identify themselves as Compact students before their place is confirmed in August.

Who can apply through the Compact Scheme?

In order to qualify as a Compact applicant three requirements must be fulfilled.

Firstly, applicants will need to meet/be predicted to meet the academic qualifications required by the course (please see individual course information for further details).

Secondly, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students whose parents have no previous experience of study in Higher Education
  • Students who have difficult financial circumstances
  • Students who have problems relating to health, disability or bereavement
  • Students who have caring responsibilities
  • Students who have been in local authority care
  • Students who have a disrupted pattern of education
  • Students who are from a military service family
  • Students who are asylum-seekers
  • Students who are from a group which is under-represented in Higher Education

Thirdly, applicants must attend one of our Compact partner schools or colleges.

Who are our current Compact Partners?

The following are our Compact Partners:

  • Alton College
  • Andover College
  • The Arnewood School
  • Barton Peveril College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology
  • The Bishop of Winchester Academy
  • Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Bournemouth School for Girls
  • Bracknell and Wokingham College
  • Brockenhurst College
  • Eastleigh College
  • Esher College
  • Fareham College
  • The Sixth Form College, Farnborough
  • Farnham College
  • Godalming College
  • Havant College
  • Highbury College
  • Isle of Wight College
  • Itchen College
  • Peter Symonds College
  • Portsmouth College
  • Queen Elizabeth's School
  • Queen Mary's College
  • Reading College
  • Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
  • Ryde Academy
  • Salisbury Sixth Form College
  • Southampton City College
  • South Downs College
  • St Anne's Catholic School
  • St Vincent Sixth Form College
  • Totton College
  • Treloar’s College
  • The Wellington Academy
  • Wiltshire College
  • Woking College
  • Worthing College
  • Yateley School

Annual Compact Partners' Meeting and Higher Education Advisers' Day

Our Schools and Colleges Liaison Team at Winchester is available to support teachers and careers advisers with advice and activities relating to Higher Education. 

Compact Partners' Meeting

The date of our 2018 Compact Partners' meeting will be published in the coming weeks.​

If your school/college has a Compact Partnership Agreement with the University of Winchester, you are invited to join us ahead of the main conference start time for a breakfast meeting, where we will provide you with information on how our Compact Scheme has performed for your students so far this year, and ask you for feedback and suggestions about how our scheme can continue to work in the best interests of your students.

You are welcome to stay with us for the rest of the conference too. Partners will be contacted directly with information about the meeting.

Annual Conference - Higher Education Advisers' Day

The next Higher Education Advisers’ Day will be Tuesday 5th June 2018.  Booking will open in the autumn.

​Our Higher Education Advisers' Day is an annual free event aimed at Careers Advisers and all other staff from local schools and colleges with a remit for advice and guidance on HE matters.

Many of our colleagues working in partner schools and colleges attend every year, and it would be good to see you all again, as well as welcome new colleagues working in the HE context. The day is a great opportunity for networking and sharing best practice: particularly in times of changing regulations and policy.

The day typically includes CPD sessions, such as UCAS talks on personal statements and updates on changes in the application process as well as information about student finance.  There are also course talks which give an insight into what our admissions tutors are looking for in applicants, course content and graduate career destinations. The agenda will be available early 2018.

We look forward to seeing you.