Utilising UCAS to support your outreach activities

Access Academy Training

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      9:30 am - 4:00 pm

UCAS provides students with comprehensive careers education and advice regarding the full range of post-secondary opportunities, including apprenticeships, to allow them to make fully informed decisions – ucas.com receiving 30 million unique visits a year. This includes providing students with content relevant to their circumstances, working with partners to ensure students hear from independent and expert voices.

Supporting disadvantaged and underrepresented students is at the heart of UCAS’ charitable objectives – they are committed to helping students from all backgrounds access the right option for them.

This one-day session has been designed as a practical exploration to help develop your understanding of the resource UCAS has available to support your outreach & widening participation activities and to learn more about how UCAS is supporting widening access. 

Outcomes for the day: 

  • Develop greater awareness of the resources and support materials UCAS offers.
  • Increase your own understanding of how UCAS is supporting widening participation.
  • Explore UCAS data and report insights available to support widening participation.


Time      Session

09.30    Registration and coffee

10.00    Welcome – Ellie Rowley, Fair Access Programme Lead

10.15    How can you leverage UCAS data?

What is available and how to use it – Emily Bennett, Lead Data Scientist

11.00    What are learners telling us?

Using our report insight to inform your practice – Nicola Turner, Senior Fair Access Adviser and Carys Willgoss, Principal Policy Adviser

11.45    Break

12.00    Your next steps?

Discussion to identify ways to maximise use of data and insight in your organisation.

12.15    Supporting WP students to complete the UCAS application

How the UCAS Hub can help and what you need to know – Sam Sykes, Digital Learning Manager and Nicola Turner, Senior Fair Access Adviser

13.00    Lunch

13.45    Using UCAS resources to support you

How you can use our resources to support your classroom outreach – Sam Sykes, Digital Learning Manager

14.30    Your next steps?

Discussion to identify ways to maximise use of UCAS resources in your outreach activity.

14.45    Information, Advice and Guidance development.

Learn more about what’s coming to support students in their decisions making – Dan Pilkington, Senior Content Strategist

15.00     Break

15.10    Shaping the UCAS Fair Access Programme

Outlining what UCAS is doing to support widening access – Ellie Rowley, Fair Access Programme Lead

15.45    Summing Up

16.00     Close

UCAS: This event is kindly supported by UCAS, and the price of the event is discounted from NEON’s usual price as UCAS is subsidising the cost of the event.


Date: Thursday 20th October 2022

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Venue: UCAS, Cheltenham


  • Membership organisation rate: £129 – premium members can use their event credits for a reduced price.
  • Non-member organisation rate: £209

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