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Shaping Futures, (also known as the Merseyside Collaborative Outreach Programme) is an outreach programme for the Liverpool City Region formed by 12 local Higher Education (HE) providers and led by the University of Liverpool. The full list of HE/FE providers which form Shaping Futures is:

Funded by the Office for Students (OfS), the Uni Connect Programme aims to boost higher education (HE) participation rates in the most disadvantaged areas in England. The Uni Connect Programme consists of 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners across England (available on the OfS website).

The role of each consortia is to deliver targeted outreach to young people in years 9 to 13 as well as provide support and signposting to schools, colleges and the wider community.

Uni Connect Programme Aims:

1. Reduce the gap in HE participation between the most and least represented groups.

2. Support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education.

3. Support effective and impactful local collaboration by HE providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners.

4. Contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in HE outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.

Shaping Futures is the Merseyside partnership and has adopted an information and guidance model of service delivery, providing impartial higher education-related activities and progression advice to target learners in 43 priority secondary schools and across partner further education/sixth form colleges. The activities delivered aim to increase understanding and aspiration of choices at KS3, KS4, post-16 and HE level. Additionally, the aim is to broaden knowledge of higher education industry sectors and related opportunities available whilst offering support with the Higher Education application process. Shaping Futures also operates a HE outreach hub – offering a signposting service to all secondary schools and colleges in the Liverpool city region.

Talk to us!

You can use the live chat function on our website to speak to the Shaping Futures team, or a range of current students from our partner institutions.

Whether you need advice on your next steps, personal statement, student finance or Results Day, or you just want to find out more about student life and experiences, our live chat is here for you!

Talk to us!

You can use the live chat function on our website to speak to the Shaping Futures team, or a range of current students from our partner institutions.

Whether you need advice on your next steps, personal statement, student finance or Results Day, or you just want to find out more about student life and experiences, our live chat is here for you!

Talk to us!

You can use the live chat function on our website to speak to the Shaping Futures team, or a range of current students from our partner institutions.

Whether you need advice on your next steps, personal statement, student finance or Results Day, or you just want to find out more about student life and experiences, our live chat is here for you!