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We offer a range of activities that aim to inform and delight young people about the possibilities of higher education. They're designed to enrich their curriculum and promote the idea that a university education is an exciting and achievable prospect.

We work closely with targeted schools and colleges across the region to deliver these hands-on projects.

During 2020/21, our Access and Outreach programmes will be delivered virtually with some face-to-face events. We will be guided by government guidelines and University policy. We will work directly with programme participants and our school and college partners to keep you informed of progress.


A programme working in partnership with 21 secondary schools across Yorkshire, the Humber, East Lincolnshire and the North East. Shine supports pupils from Year 7 to Year 11, who come from backgrounds currently underrepresented in higher education.

The Big Deal

An annual enterprise competition for pupils in Years 9 or 10 who've been identified as high achieving. Teams of pupils compete to create the best business plan and win a trip to New York to pitch their idea!

Roots to Success

A collaboration between the University of York, York St John University, York College and Askham Bryan College. We work with our partner schools to provide pupils in Years 6 to 11 with an experience of higher education.

Excellence Hub

A partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Coordinated by York, the programme offers a range of hands-on subject specific opportunities for high achieving young people in Years 7 to 13.

North Yorkshire Coast HE Collaboration

A partnership between York, the University of Hull Scarborough Campus and York St John University. It offers high quality and outreach activities for pupils in Years 7 to 11

National Collaborative Outreach Programme

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners to deliver outreach programmes to young people aged 13 - 18.

Teachers' conference

Our annual conference gives you the chance to engage with knowledgeable practitioners.

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York visits you

We offer a range of talks in schools/colleges.

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Explore York

Discover the different ways to visit us on campus.

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Meet the team

Get to know us - meet our friendly team.

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