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UWIN Aspire is our programme of access and outreach activity for partner schools in and around North Hampshire, led by members of the Access and Outreach team. It forms part of our wider work in widening participation that includes supporting the success and progression of students from under-represented backgrounds.

UWIN Aspire provides activity for students from Year 5 through to Year 11, in school and on campus. The programme focuses on breaking down barriers that might discourage people from accessing higher education, and is underpinned by a progression framework that seeks to develop students’ aspirations towards and knowledge of university and alternative options. Within the activities, there is a particular focus on transitionary phases, raising attainment and developing academic confidence.

The details of our programme can be found in our Schools, Colleges and Communities Outreach brochure, alongside details of our other work.


Which students can take part?

Many of our activities are open to all students from our partner schools to take part, including our Primary Explorer programme and the majority of our secondary workshops. Some of our activity at secondary level is targeted at particular groups of students who are under-represented within higher education. Where this is the case, our Access and Outreach team will provide guidance as to which students should be selected.

How can schools get involved?

We’re always keen to have discussions with schools who would like to work with us and engage in the UWIN Aspire programme. Parts of our programme are highly targeted and are running at capacity, including our primary programme. However, we are always open to conversations about how schools could work with us now or in the future.

Do you offer bespoke sessions or campus visits?

It’s always fantastic to hear the range of activities that our colleagues in schools are undertaking to support their students’ aspirations towards higher education. Our secondary programme offers workshops that can be incorporated into wider events that schools might be hosting. Where a school is looking for something more bespoke, we will always explore whether we are able to facilitate this but this may be limited by our team’s capacity and how it aligns with our objectives.

Our programme includes campus visits for students in Year 6, 8 and 10. The dates for these visits are advertised as part of our programme and student numbers may be limited for secondary schools. Where a school is looking for a bespoke visit, we may refer you to our colleagues in the Schools and Colleges Liaison team again depending on our capacity.

Future Students

Head of Future Students
Susan Henderson

Future Students Officer
Laura Lincoln

Schools & Colleges Senior Development Officers
Ruth Boyce
Alix Hickman
Lucy McDonagh
Alison Wilson

Schools & Colleges Development Officer
Jessie Concannon

Widening Participation

Director of Widening Participation
Sarah-Louise Collins

Access and Outreach Coordinators
William Kelly
Lauren Smith-Birch
Sarah Stacy-Biles

Contact our Future Students team


+44 (0) 1962 827543


Contact our Widening Participation team


+44 (0) 1962 826474