Schools and colleges in the West Midlands

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The Outreach team has a focus on working with state schools and colleges in the West Midlands to raise aspirations and improve guidance and motivation among local students in order to widen participation in Higher Education. We seek to provide impartial information and advice to support subject choice for GCSE and A level options and future Higher Education progression. We also work with teachers and advisors so that they can provide appropriate guidance to their students. For those whom progression to a research intensive university, and in particular progression to the University of Birmingham, is an option we also manage the University’s flagship Access to Birmingham Scheme (A2B).

When selecting students for participation in activity, we ask schools to give priority to students who are currently under represented in Higher Education and who have the potential to progress to university. This would include:-

  • Students with no parental history of Higher Education
  • Students eligible for Free School Meals or in receipt of the 16-19 bursary
  • Students who live in postcodes where there are low progression rates to Higher Education and a high index of multiple deprivation
  • Students with disabilities or who have been in local authority care

Lloyds Scholars Programme

The University of Birmingham is proud to announce its involvement in the award-winning Lloyds Scholars programme for the upcoming 2013/14 academic year. Along with seven other leading universities across the UK, the University of Birmingham will partner with the Lloyds Banking Group to offer students from lower household incomes a complete package of financial support, paid internships and the opportunity to develop their employability skills. To find out more information please visit the Student Funding Office pages.

HSBC Scholarship

We are delighted to announce our second cohort of students who are recipients of the HSBC scholarship, whereby HSBC will match-fund their tuition fees for the duration of their course. We have selected five students via an interview process from our A2B cohort who are:

Jay Harris (BA History, formerly of King Edward VI Sixth Form College, Stourbridge and Dormston School)

My first few days at university have been a fantastic experience and I am settling in well. The HSBC Scholarship has provided me with the security to enjoy my time at university. I feel that it is a great privilege to be one of the five people to receive the award this year and hope that I can show how much the scholarship has helped me over the next year through my studies.

Tehjveer Sandhu– (BSc Accounting & Finance, formerly of Barr Beacon School)

Having this scholarship has been a brilliant opportunity. I feel that not having the financial stress enables me to purely focus on achieving the best degree possible. As well as this, it has given me more self-belief in my ability to succeed in life. My first few days have been surreal, I have had the opportunity to meet great hall mates and have been enjoying all the freshers’ events. I look forward to continuing to enjoy freshers and then more importantly focusing on my studies.

Michael Pearson – (BSc Computer Science, formerly of Thorns Community College and Halesowen College)

The HSBC scholarship has meant a lot to me, it's allowing me to fully immerse myself into studying what I enjoy without the worry of how I am going to pay off my tuition fees. Everyone I have met so far and spoken to are welcoming, enthusiastic and seem more than happy to answer any questions I may have.

Madeeha Bano– (BSc Biological Sciences, formerly of Swanshurst School & Sixth Form)

'I am so grateful to HSBC for providing this scholarship and the A2B team for their support and guidance, I really can’t express how much it means to me as being part of the A2B Scheme has been such an invaluable experience. It has made me even more determined to succeed and to make the most of my time at this brilliant University. I have really enjoyed my first week here as everyone has been so welcoming and there is so much to get involved in, I am really looking forward to spending my time here.

Amina Abdullahi– (BMedSci Medical Science, formerly of Shireland Collegiate Academy & King Edward VI Handsworth School)

I love it here! I've met loads of interesting people from many different cultures – university really is where you make friends for life and have the most amazing time. The HSBC scholarship has been a lifeline for me, allowing me to study at the University of Birmingham for the next three years so I can enjoy the countless benefits that a University education can bring without any financial burdens to worry about!

Outreach Activities

We have a wide and comprehensive range of activities which are available free of charge including:

  • Raising Aspirations in Secondary Education (RAISE) a programme of events throughout the year for years 7-12
  • On campus school visits – we will tailor a programme to suit the age and interests of your pupils
  • Attendance at guidance and progression evenings
  • Talks in schools and colleges on the benefits of Higher Education, Student Life, How to Apply, A2B,  Finance and Support
  • Summer Residentials for year 10 students with particular focus on health careers or humanities and social science subjects
  • Academic Enrichment Programme – for year 12 students aiming to apply for a selective research university
  • Masterclasses
  • Academic and Progression Mentoring
  • Access to Birmingham (A2B)
  • Primary Engagement Programme
  • Online resources - skills4uni and tips4uni - to support project work and the application to university process

For full details of our Outreach activities and how to arrange them, please have a look at our new Outreach Activities Guide (PDF 437KB).

We are a member of the local Aimhigher Partnership where we work with Aston University, Birmingham City University and University College Birmingham to deliver a range of partnership activity in Birmingham and Solihull for the benefit of Aimhigher partner schools and colleges. Further details can be found on the Aimhigher website

We are also member of the Realising Opportunities pilot programme involving 15 other research intensive universities. Further details can be found on the Realising Opportunities website.

Contact us

Outreach Office
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6722