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Please see news and information below regarding specific universities and events. These links may contain important information regarding Virtual Open Day Events.

However, recognising the huge challenges at this time, we wanted to share some news from the Take Your Place team.

Over the summer, the Take Your Place team have been working hard to provide a new and effective method to support young people across East Anglia to understand and decide about higher education pathways – a method responsive to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and new barriers to traditional outreach.

They are therefore pleased to announce the launch of their new website and resource hub:, offering key information and signposting to events, news, resources and provision from HE providers across East Anglia, all in one place.

Whether teacher, parent or student, their pathways channel can provide the right support and information for you. Additionally, their Higher Education Champions have established a growing bank of adaptable IAG resources, aligned to our Progression Framework, capturing neaco’s knowledge of the most effective exercises delivered with our partner schools to date. You can freely access these materials in our resources section.

By drawing on this new provision, they can help you find new routes and resources for providing meaningful higher education information and encounters for your students, connect with local providers, and expand your IAG provision, supporting you to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The website and resources will continue to develop over the coming months. They also welcome feedback, suggestions and requests for resources or additional support, you can start the conversation with them anytime via contacting your local neaco partner

About Take Your Place

The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. They work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education. 

At the centre of their approach is the Take Your Place programme of activities. Take Your Place has been delivered to target students by our Higher Education Champions based in schools and colleges across the region since 2017.

Their programme includes several strands, each addressing target students' identified needs to support progression to higher education. These identified needs include improving their understanding and preparedness towards applying for higher education pathways and improving their passion and ambition towards the sectors and professions reliant on higher education talent.


The University of Nottingham have organised a programme of upcoming subject-specific webinars aims to support students. Future planned events include Pharmacology, Modern Languages, History & Archaeology, Art and Chemistry. For more information and to book your place please click here.

Subject specific webinars

We also offer a further webinar series through our third-party provider (Channel Talent), these currently include: Forensic Science & Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Modern Languages, Archaeology, History of Art and Pharmacology.  Book here.

Popular Maths in the modern world

The School of Mathematical Sciences is launching a series of free online popular maths talks. The talks are based around exciting mathematical topics, giving your pupils a chance to hear from inspiring mathematicians on a range of themes, such as how mathematics is used in the fight against Covid-19 and climate change. 

The talks are aimed at Year 10/11 students who are interested in taking maths at A level. Each session will include an interactive task, the opportunity to meet and question some of our current maths students and some information about the University’s maths courses.

To find out more about these talks and how they can be accessed, please click here.

Tackling important issues in young people

Academics from the University’s Department of Psychology have produced a new education resource, in collaboration with Aardman Animations, to tackle important issues identified by young people, such as anxiety, loneliness, isolation, independence, perfectionism, competitiveness and social media use.

The What’s Up With Everyone? website provides short animated movies as well as information and resources for those seeking help.

PwC’s Virtual Classroom: A programme advertised in previous newsletters which remains open to all students between Years 10 and 13. The programme combines live and pre-recorded sessions, providing students with an insight into PwC and an opportunity to develop their employability skills. You’ll also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions. Take a look at PwC’s website for the further details of how to sign up.

Please see the attachment below for further information on the University of Nottingham's Open Days, Taster Sessions, Resources, Opportunities and Events. 


NEW PODCAST: Moving on Up: Episode 1 - First Steps to HE

We are excited to introduce a new, monthly Podcast aimed at Year 12 and 13, available via audio or video. The podcast will be hosted by current university students and will explore various HE related topics such as choosing to go to university, student finance and course selection. Episode 1 sees Holly and Erica from The University of Birmingham alongside Daniel from Nottingham Trent discussing their first steps into Higher Education. To view the first episode, contact


Career and upskilling opportunities with PwC

PwC offer a variety of programmes for school and college leavers to start shaping their careers. Their Flying Start degree programmes in Accounting or Technology offer the best of both worlds. Studying at university, students will get to experience the full-time student lifestyle but with integrated paid placements at PwC, they’ll have some money to enjoy it too. They’ll gain a degree, and hopefully impress us enough to secure a graduate job with us after they graduate. For more information on this and PwC's Virtual Classroom and Talent Network including work experience opportunities, please click here.


While we can't welcome visitors to our beautiful campus in person at the moment, our Virtual Open Day is the perfect opportunity to get a feel for what living and learning in Lincoln might be like.

You can chat with our friendly academic tutors and meet virtually with fellow students from your preferred subject through livestreamed talks, chat and Q&As. 

For the best experience possible, we recommend joining our Virtual Open Day on a desktop computer with an up-to-date web browser, although you can still enjoy it on mobile devices. You can also follow along on Facebook or YouTube.


For News, Views & Events from the University of Leicester including support and advice on Personal Statements, UCAS Webinars, Student Worries, UCAS Medicine deadline and the Main Event, please click here. We’ve recently launched our Leicester on Demand service full of exciting and engaging content from across the university to help students assess whether Leicester is the right choice for them. Available to watch anytime, anywhere, Leicester: on demand our new library of videos from introductions to our courses, application advice and all the things students get up to at university. Videos are added often so keep us bookmarked.




For Higher Education Support from the University of Sheffield including resources, UCAS support, Taster Sessions, Virtual Hub and Newsletters, please click here.




For information on the Events and Activities from the University of Sunderland including Resources and Open Evening and Day events, please click here.


Over the upcoming weeks, there are a number of IAG events taking place that may help to aid, advise and inspire students towards their potential journey into Higher Education.

  • UniTasterTuesdays (guidance videos on demand)

UniTasterDays, in collaboration with HELOA, are delivering free impartial university guidance videos available on demand. They have one key aim - to support students considering university to make informed decisions. Event topics and the universities attending will change each week - but you can expect to hear from universities UK wide on topics including why higher education, student finance, choosing a course, UCAS, and a range of events introducing studying particular subject areas at university. The live events are for post-16 audiences, which students can also book direct. Pre-16 audiences will have full access to the recordings and event information after the event as well.

To view upcoming sessions and to book your place on any future webinars or to browse the recordings of previous sessions, please click here


Escape Studios at Pearson College London offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics. Click here for information about Open Events, Taster Courses and further information including our blog.