Future Grads

Future Grads

Future Grads is an outreach programme led by Coventry University Group's Outreach and Widening Participation team, for pupils aged 11 to 19. We work with schools and colleges to support student’s progression throughout their educational journey.

What’s in it for me?

Future Grad Pupils:

Fun and engaging activities designed to encourage and inspire you to think about your future and support you to plan for your choices as you go through years 7 to 13. No two activities are the same!

These could take place in school or on our university campuses.

You might also be invited to overnight residential experiences at our campus sites. Coventry University has campuses in Coventry, Scarborough and London.

Year 9 pupils will also be asked to be part of an independent research project, where we have great prizes on offer and everyone who take part will be invited to a celebration event on campus.

All pupils who engage with the Future Grads programme will be given a contextual offer as part of our Fair Access Scheme. This could reduce your offer by up to 24 UCAS tariff points or equivalent depending on the course you apply to and the qualifications you are studying. To be eligible for this you will need to complete at minimum of 10 hours on the Future Grads programme.

The programme can also support students to gain transferrable skills and increase self-confidence.

Future Grad Parents and Carers:

We will give advice and guidance about university relevant for the stage your young person is at, including fees and funding, what to expect, and how to help your young person make the right choice for them. We will host an online event for your school each year, this will be a chance to find out what your young person will be up to on the Future Grads programme as well as asking us any questions about university.

Is there any cost?

No the programme is completely free to students, all costs are covered by Coventry University.

Am I eligible?

Students are chosen by their school for the Future Grads programme. The school will take into consideration your academic potential and might also consider if you are involved in any other outreach programmes, and if you meet any of our widening participation criteria which may include;

  • Students who would be the first in their family to go to university.
  • Students who receive free school meals
  • Students who have a disability
  • Students from low participation neighbourhoods
  • Students who care for a member of their family (a young carer)
  • Students who are in local authority care (care experienced)

For school staff

The Future Grads Programme is currently at capacity with 7 schools, 5 in Coventry and 2 in London. If you want to add your school to the waiting list or get more information, please contact wpteam@coventry.ac.uk

What our current Future Grads say:

Clive Dalton, Future Grads school staff member

“What a fantastic year it was too! Thank you so much for all your hard work and enthusiasm our students got so much out of it and feedback from all has been life changing in some cases.”

Parent of Future Grad

“Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort. My daughter had an amazing time in Scarborough a few weeks ago and all your staff were incredible.”

Parent of Future Grad

“Event tonight was very well organised, impressed with food options with gluten free included & the students enjoyed the experience of presenting. The task the students were set really got their minds & imagination working. It was great seeing them come together as a team. All in all, very good talk & a great evening. Well done everyone staff and students."

Danette Matthews Future Grads school staff member

“Special thanks to Kayleigh Lampard - one of our governors and the Outreach manager at Coventry University - and her team for offering the fantastic Future Grads opportunity to our students once again this year.”

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