The North East Uni Connect Programme is a partnership of all of the universities and colleges in the North East region. We are working together to support young people in the North East think about their futures and how higher education can help them reach their goals. 

We aim to increase awareness of higher education opportunities and progression pathways for young people and help both them and their key influencers understand what the higher education opportunities available in the North East.


FutureMe is the programme of activity offered to students in targeted areas and schools. Students taking part in FutureMe will have access to a range of activities and events to support them in considering their future options and learning about educational pathways available to them. By taking part in FutureMe activities we want young people to: 

  • Have the opportunity to plan for their future and gain an understanding of what can support them in reaching their goals
  • Have access to high quality information and support to help them consider whether higher education is the right option for them 
  • Have an increased awareness and understanding of higher education opportunities and progression pathways in the region.

The Uni Connect Programme 

The North East Uni Connect Programme is part of the national Uni Connect Programme which is funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Uni Connect involves 29 partnerships across England. 

Uni Connect: 

  • provides impartial information, advice and guidance to underrepresented students by creating pathways to FE and HE and training opportunities. The programme builds platforms for student careers progression, helping to remove the academic, financial and cultural barriers to progression and supporting them to achieve their ambitions
  • works with FE colleges and universities in local areas to help underrepresented students understand their higher education and training options at levels 4,5 and 6
  • aims to ensure that all those living in disadvantaged areas have an equal opportunity to pursue higher education and training opportunities.
  • partners with higher education providers, local authorities, LEPs, career advisers and employers to provide a single point of contact for schools and colleges to find out what education opportunities and career pathways are available for students in their area. This improves efficiency for all involved by ensuring that university and college engagement with schools is targeted, joined up and professional, so there is no duplication of effort and the hardest to reach students, schools and colleges are supported.

You can find out more about the Uni Connect Programme by visiting the Office for Students website