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Schools liaison activities

Visit Days

Academic staff are happy to visit schools and colleges to give presentations and talk with pupils about studying sociology. Please contact to organise an academic visit. The University is also able to provide more general impartial advice about higher education; which you can request here.

We also welcome group visits to our campus, which can be booked via e-mailing We welcome pupils of years 8-13 to our campus and tailor our visit days according to the age group of our visiting students, the detail of this can be viewed here.

Pre-16 Activities

The Department is pleased to work with local and regional schools and colleges to foster understanding of both the discipline of sociology and the experience of higher education. We are committed to widening access and providing prospective students from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds with the opportunity to participate and benefit from a university education. Please see the University's pre-16 access schemes below.


The shine programme welcomes high-achieving year 7 to 11 students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. The five year programme includes in-school workshops, visits to campus, residential events and online resources and webinars. 

The Shine programme is looking to partner with new secondary schools in our targeted areas across Yorkshire, the Humber and across the North East. If your school would be interested in becoming a Shine partner, please email the Shine team at to register your interest and to find out more.

Excellence Hub

In collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds: Events for high achieving students (year 7-13) including subject specific short courses and academic skills workshops. Please e-mail for more information and to sign your school up.


Roots to Success

Roots to success is a collaborative project between the University of York, York St John University, York College and Askham Bryan. This aspiration raising project for pupils at local primary and secondary schools in York is for year 6 and year 9-13 students and includes visit days and workshops about post-18 options. Email for more information.

North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration

The NYCHEC is a partnership between the University of Hull, York St John and the University of York aiming to widen access to  through outreach to pupils in Years 7 to 11 on the North Yorkshire coast. The project welcomes students between the years of 7-11 ifrom schools in carborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington. The course includes workshops, campus visits and the high 5 programme.