Activities for Pre-16 students in local schools

Activities for Pre-16 students in local schools

The Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Outreach Team offers both in-school sessions and campus visits for state schools across the East Midlands. We work towards raising aspirations, attainment and progression to university, particularly among learners who are from backgrounds which are currently under-represented in higher education. Example activities include an introduction to higher education, memory techniques for effective studying and a year group campus visit.

Please download our activity menu for more information. Please note that some activities listed in the menu may not be available at the time of booking due to Covid-19 restrictions .The University of Nottingham is closely monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 situation and information and regular updates can be found here.

We are also happy to introduce a selection of new interactive toolkits, which have been developed to be completed in-school at a time that best suits you. We recommend these resources for schools who want to engage in University outreach but are unable to host in-school delivery. These online toolkits cover a range of topics including university accommodation, understanding how universities can differ from one another and the significance of sports and societies within higher education. All materials have been created with flexibility in mind - sessions can last between 30 to 60 mins and be delivered to a Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 audience depending on the activities selected. The most effective way of delivering the toolkits is within a computer based classroom , allowing students to navigate them individually having access to a computer. 

If you would like to request any of the activities, please complete the relevant online booking forms, which can be found below. We can take school bookings throughout the year, subject to availability.

Booking request form: Interactive toolkits

Booking request form: In-school sessions

Booking request form: Campus visits

IntoUniversity also offers a range of academic support for secondary school pupils.

In partnership with Nottingham Trent University, we also offer a variety of opportunities for current students to support you in your school or college.


Exploring University Together 

Applications are now closed for the Exploring University Together events. These events, hosted in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, give year 10 pupils and their parents/carers an opportunity to find out more about higher education. 

For more information, please visit the Exploring University Together page. 

Sutton Scholars

As part of Ambition Nottingham, Sutton Scholars is a free scheme for high achieving students in Years 7–9 within the region. The scheme raises aspirations and awareness of university, and students who complete the Sutton Scholars programme then continue onto the Ambition Nottingham programme through Years 10–11.

As part of the scheme, students can:

    • attend a welcome event and visit the University of Nottingham
    • attend a variety of interactive advice and guidance sessions, including subject taster sessions
Applications are currently closed from schools for the Sutton Scholars programme.

Pre-16 Ambition Nottingham (Years 10 and 11)

Pre-16 Ambition Nottingham provides support for students as they progress from the Sutton Scholars programme through Years 10 and 11, enabling these students and their families to make informed decisions about their future studies. Scheme participants will attend:

  • a series of interactive advice and guidance sessions
  • revision activities designed to help students achieve their potential
Applications are currently closed from schools for the Pre-16 Ambition programme. Please email our Pre-16 Ambition Manager at for further information.



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