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Schools and Colleges Liaison

Welcome

We are the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team. Dedicated to informing and inspiring students across the UK about Higher Education. Working closely with teachers, careers advisers, students and parents, we are committed to providing information and guidance throughout the university journey.

During school and college closures as a result of COVID-19, we are making adapted versions of our sessions and activities available for students to access at home as well as being available online to answer any questions. Find out more about how we can continue to support students, schools and colleges: Support during school and college closures.

We offer a wide range of tailored activities both on and off campus to prepare students for the university application process and student life. We are here to help them fulfill their potential by raising aspirations, and building on their abilities and experiences.

If you are a Designated Teacher or support Looked After Children in Key Stage 4 or 5, visit our Care Leavers Hub for more information on how we can support your students.

For more information please email schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 893618 and we will be happy to help.

Our Events and Support

Find out more information about the events and support we offer:

Schools and Colleges Liaison Privacy Statement May 2018

  • Schools and Colleges Liaison

    Telephone: 01604 893618
    Email: schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

  • Support during school and college closures

    As the circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic continue, particularly in education, we would like to try and do our bit and offer our support to you all. We would normally be delivering our sessions on Higher Education in person at this time, so have adapted our sessions and activities so that students can access them remotely. We are also available online to chat to students, continuing to offer support and guidance. By doing this we hope that we can support you by providing additional activities as well as keeping your students positive and proactive about their futures.

    Online Resources

    During school closures we are making adapted versions of our sessions and activities available for students to access at home. Our aim is to continue to support students, schools, and colleges, with the information and guidance we would normally be delivering in person at this time, enabling them to remain proactive about their futures.

    How to access

    School and college staff, parents or post 16 students can contact us on schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk stating which resources they would like from the list below. We ask that the parents or guardians of pre 16 students contact us to request resources.

    We’re working on activities tailored by year group as detailed below. Each topic has an online session with accompanying workbook or other activities:

    Year 12/year 1 Level 3:

    • Introduction to Higher Education (HE) – now available
    • Interview Skills – now available
    • Personal Statements – now available
    • Applying through UCAS – now available
    • University life outside of London – now available
    • Parents Introduction to Higher Education (HE) – coming soon
    • Getting the most from Virtual Open Days – now available

    Year 13/year 2 Level 3:

    • Student Finance and Budgeting: now available
    • Clearing 2020 – coming soon

    Year 10 and 11:

    • Introduction to HE – coming soon

    Years 7, 8 and 9:

    • Introduction to HE – coming soon

    Online Parent Information Evenings

    We will work closely with you to deliver an online event for Parents and Guardians. These sessions will give them key information in order to fully understand the university application process. We are happy to tailor the sessions to your school or college and to suit the appropriate year group.

    Year 12/ Year 1 Level 3 session covers:

    • An introduction to HE
    • The UCAS application
    • Student Finance advice
    • Q&A

    Year 13/ Year 2 Level 3 session covers:

    • An overview of the HE sector
    • Student Finance advice
    • Q&A

    How it works

    We set up the event and generate a link that attendees click on to join when the event is live.

    Ahead of the event we will provide a document with all event details, including the link, that can be shared with those you would like to invite.

    The event will be hosted via Cisco Webex. Attendees will not need to download any software or create an account to take part.

    Email us to book a Parents Information Evening, include your preferred date and time for the session.

    Online chats

    You may not be seeing us in person, but the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team are always on hand to offer information and guidance through the online chat service on our website and via email.

    If you would prefer a dedicated time slot for your students to chat to our team, email us with your preferred date and time so that we can get something arranged.

    Skills Hub

    Schools and colleges are welcome to access content available through our Skills Hub. The content has been put together by our Learning Development team, who offer guidance and tuition to all of our students to enhance their academic, mathematical and study skills.

    Content available to schools and colleges:

    • Academic skills
    • How to study
    • How to research

    Visit the Skills Hub

    Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

    For your students in year 13 thinking of other progression routes.

    The University of Northampton Apprenticeships embrace the growing development for vocational higher education in England by offering higher and degree apprenticeships specifically designed by industry to respond to high level skills gaps. They bring together the very best in higher and vocational education.

    Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

  • University of Northampton’s Annual Teachers and Advisers Conference

    As the circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic unfold – we have decided to postpone our annual Teachers and Advisers Conference that was being held on 28th April 2020 at our Waterside campus.

    In these uncertain times we trust you understand and support the decision being made in regards to this event. We will be rescheduling our Teachers and Advisers Conference for a future date and will be able to share the details with you once confirmed.

  • Schools and Colleges Open Day

    The 2020 Schools and Colleges Open Day will be held on Friday 3rd July. Every year we hold an open day during the week to enable school and college groups to attend and find out everything they need to know about studying with us. Once registered students can explore the campus as they would any other open day, and teachers and accompanying staff will have a designated area to work from and a free lunch. The day will include:

    • A welcome talk
    • Subject specific information
    • Personal statement advice
    • A student finance talk
    • Campus tours
    • Accommodation tours
    • Student life talks delivered by one our ambassadors

    To register your interest, please email schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk.

  • Our talks and sessions

    We provide a number of interactive talks that can be delivered in your school or college throughout the year:

    • Access to Higher to Education (see below for more information)
    • Applying though UCAS
    • BTEC to Higher Education
    • Finance and Budgeting
    • Guest Lectures* (subjects)
    • How to Get the Most Out of An Open Day
    • Interview Skills
    • Introduction to Higher Education
    • Parents Talks (Introduction to Higher Education/Finance and Budgeting
    • Personal Statements
    • Student Finance
    • Student Life (delivered by current students)
    • Supporting Care Leavers – (aimed at teachers, support staff and local authority staff)

    *Subject to availability

    Resource in a box

    Bringing university-style learning and content to life in your classroom. With an array of resources and activity plans in one box, it’s designed to link with an A-level curriculum in mind, enabling you to continue to teach your exam syllabus in a fun, exciting and innovative way but also include aspects of level 4 content and delivery.

    Find out more about Resource in a Box

    Access to Higher Education

    We currently offer bespoke Access to Higher Education talks that cover all aspects of the university application process including course choices, UCAS, personal statements, finance and interview skills.

    Sessions can be delivered to fit in with the course’s timetable, or, alternatively, all sessions can be delivered consecutively at one of our Taster Days on-campus.

  • Taster Days

    Our Taster Days are aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13 providing them with the opportunity to experience of what university life is like. Our Taster Days are flexible and can be tailored to suit areas of interest. Activities on the day can include:

    • Welcome Session & Introduction to Higher Education
    • Campus Tour delivered by a current student
    • Subject masterclass
    • Study skills
    • Student life talk deliver by a current student

    Taster Days provide your students with the perfect opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns that they may have before applying to university. Alternatively, we always welcome group visits from schools and colleges at our Open Days.



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