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Sasha Quigg's blog

National Recognition for FutureMe!

The North East Uni Connect Programme has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) Award for its FutureMe Enterprise Challenge Programme. The programme is one of 6 initiatives to have been shortlisted in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category which saw hundreds of entries despite a challenging year for the sector. For the first time ever the ceremony will take place virtually on the 26th November 2020.

Case Study - Lewis


Lewis is currently studying for his Foundation Degree with the view to moving onto a top up degree at New College Durham. He has always been interested in sport, exercise and health. Lewis has the goal of opening his own gym in the future and plans with the support of the David Lloyd Health Club to study for his Level 2 personal trainer qualification this year.

How did I get here - Paige

Paige is currently studying for FdA Police and Criminal Justice Studies at Newcastle College, having recieved an unconditional offer. Here she tell us a little more about her journey to where she is now. 

Before taking part in FutureMe events and activities, how did you feel about higher education?

FutureMe on TV!

The FutureMe Enterprise Challenge is a joint programme of activity between FutureMe and the three football clubs in the region; Middlesbrough FC, Newcastle United FC, and Sunderland AFC. Students taking part benefit from receiving the Premier League Core Programme and FutureMe workshops which are all delivered in school throughout the summer term. The premier league core programme introduces students to business and enterprise in the context of a football club, learning that football is about so much more than the 11 players on the pitch!

Ashton - How did I get here?

Eighteen. Clueless. And lost. That was the start of my journey into higher education.

My name is Ashton. I’m originally from Australia. I moved to England when I was eight. Why did I trade hot for the cold? Simple. Eight-year-olds aren’t included in life-changing decisions! Of course, I quickly fell in love with England. It’s where I’ve now spent two-thirds of my life.