About the programme
UniTracks is unique to Warwick.
Our outreach programme aims to:
- Break down any perceived barriers your students may have about accessing Higher Education (HE) and about subjects in Arts/Humanities disciplines
- Encourage your students to apply for, and be successful in gaining, a place at a leading research intensive university
- Inspire your students to access different learning opportunities at leading research intensive universities
Applications are now closed.
Applications for Year 8 students will re-open in September 2024.
Paul Beaufoy Outreach Officer (UniTracks)
Olivia Worringham Outreach Assistant Officer (UniTracks)
Students should meet one or more from the following:
• Top 10% of year group
• Has an interest in humanities based subjects
• Has the potential to achieve 6-9 at GCSE or equivalent
Students must meet at least two of the following criteria:
• First in their immediate family to go to university (excluding siblings)
• From an area in which there is traditionally low participation in Higher Education
• In receipt of, or has within the last six years been eligible for, free school meals
• In receipt of or entitled to Pupil Premium
Where a student is, or has ever been, in the care of the local authority, they need only meet the academic criteria.
Being part of the programme has helped me find out what I'd like to do as a career and helped me to see what university life would be like. The most enjoyable part has been the people - the mentors and everyone else were really encouraging and supportive. They really pushed us to be more confident and to express our opinions.
Your child has been selected to be a part of UniTracks because we feel that they will benefit greatly from the opportunities available. All the young people involved have the ability and potential to gain a place at one of the UK’s leading universities.
Participants will be encouraged to choose the best university course for their interests and abilities. Former UniTracks participants have gone on study at universities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Leicester, University College London and Warwick!
We recognise, however, that university might not be the right option for everyone. By working with the participants over four years, we hope that we will have given them the confidence in themselves and all the information possible to make the right decision for their future.
We ask that you support the young person's participation in the various opportunities open to them as a member of UniTracks. This could include attending the initial launch event; giving consent to them taking part in a group challenge or participating in other activities such as a residential event, and talking with them about their decisions for their future.
Please download the Student and Parents' Guide for full details of the programme.
We hold our main events on Saturdays or sometime during school holidays in order that the participants are not missing out on school. On average, each year the participants will visit campus 3-4 times..
There are no costs involved to participating in this programme. We will reimburse parents/guardians/carers for costs relating travelling to one of the UniTracks events on campus.
Most UniTracks events have a casual dress-code so no uniform necessary!
Transport should never be a barrier to a participant attending a UniTracks event. We will offer support either through reimbursing mileage or public transport costs, or by arranging travel with a coach or minibus.
Regarding resources, unless specified otherwise, we would provide these for the participants. However, there are no specific resources required to be a participant in UniTracks.
All UniTracks events are catered and we can cater for special dietary requirements, provided we know in advance.
Events are supervised by staff from the University of Warwick’s Outreach team and academic departments, and current undergraduates who work as Student Ambassadors. All staff and students who will be working with the UniTracks participants in an unsupervised capacity undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with current regulations.
Former UniTracks participants who are planning to apply to Warwick for their undergraduate studies may be eligible to apply for our Warwick Scholars access programme. Further details about Warwick Scholars can be found here Warwick Scholars