Leeds to Success

Leeds to Success is a sustained outreach programme which supports young learners in Year 7 to Year 11 from widening participation backgrounds.

We offer an extensive range of talks, workshops and on-campus events to inform and inspire your students, promoting the idea that university is an exciting and achievable option. The programme aims to raise the attainment of your students by developing their study skills, confidence and motivation.

Leeds to Success includes activities focused on HE guidance as well as subject and careers exploration which will assist with GCSE and A-Level choices, and support schools working towards the Gatsby ‘Good Career Guidance’ benchmarks.

The student programme is complemented by a parents and carers webinar series which is designed to build trust, confidence and knowledge in those who are supporting a young person’s educational journey.

The programme

Year 7: welcome to Leeds to Success

We begin the programme in the spring term with an interactive workshop, delivered in your school. This session provides an introduction to university and encourages your students to explore the benefits of higher education. Students will be set a project to undertake over a number of weeks which will develop their independent learning skills. They will then have the opportunity to present their project to the rest of their class.

In the summer term our student ambassadors will visit your school and share with your learners, their educational journey and experiences, promoting the idea that university is for everyone.

We will also launch our parents and carers programme, delivering a live webinar to introduce them to the programme, the opportunities available and what their child will gain from participating.

Year 8: subject choices and careers

Students will visit the university for a higher education experience day where they will be introduced to an exciting range of university subjects and explore the campus with our student ambassadors.

Later in the year students will take part in an interactive skills and careers workshop, delivered in your school, which explores a range of degree subjects and graduate destinations. This session in designed to encourage your learners to think of the benefits of university, support their decision making and help them plan for their future.

A live webinar for parents and carers will focus on the skills developed at university and the career opportunities for graduates.

Year 9: research skills

Students will have the opportunity to meet researchers from the University and take part in a ‘Researchers in the Spotlight’ project. Taking inspiration from our collection of researcher videos, the project will involve students creating a PowerPoint presentation or poster. They will be supported by our Research Skills team who will introduce them to research ethics, critical thinking and explore how these skills will help their current learning and future studies.

In the summer term, students will visit the campus for a celebration event. Here they will present their research project and take part in Leeds University Union society taster sessions where they can explore the wider university community to foster a sense of belonging.

A live ‘Parents and Carers Showcase’ webinar will highlight some of the students’ project work.

Year 10: transferable skills and their relation to careers

We will focus on building your students’ transferable skills, helping them to understand how they are used in different careers. Schools can choose from a menu of workshops including: communication; leadership; and problem solving, which will be delivered in your school during the autumn term.

For the spring term we offer a live, online (or in person) session with a panel of current undergraduates and alumni which will encourage your students to think about their subject choices and careers through real-life examples. Students are then invited to a taster day on campus at the end of the year to explore more workshops from the transferable skills menu.

Year 11: revision skills, exam preparation and programme graduation

Schools will be able to choose from a selection of workshops designed to support students in their final year of GCSEs (or equivalent).  The sessions will be delivered in school and cover areas such as revision skills, note taking, exam anxiety and time management.

Students completing the programme will be introduced to the University’s post-16 outreach provision such as Leeds Futures.

A live webinar will also be offered for parents and carers, focusing on how they can support their child with their education decisions and practical matters such as student finance.


The programme is open to groups of 15-30 students, per school, who have the potential to succeed at a Russell Group university. Leeds to Success is targeted at students who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • in receipt of free schools meals/pupil premium
  • are from ethnic or socio-economic groups which are currently under-represented in HE
  • are a Looked after Child or care experienced
  • live in an area with low progression on to Higher Education 

Register your interest

To find out more and explore how the Leeds to Success programme can support you and your students, please complete our short online enquiry form and a member of the Education Outreach team will be in touch.

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