Advancing Access releases free, online CPD for teachers and advisers


Advancing Access ( is a partnership between 24 leading universities working together with schools and colleges.

We provide a variety of CPD resources and online events, free of charge, for teachers and advisers to help them support students’ progression to leading universities.

The information and guidance provided, developed by our partnership of 24 leading universities, will help you advise learners making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university choices.

The Advancing Access website provides best practice examples and how-to guides for teachers and advisers to use as a part of peer-to-peer CPD and in the classroom with their students.

The site will include detailed information on:

  • Helping students choose post-16 subjects
  • Helping students choose a university and a degree course
  • Helping students apply to leading universities
  • How admissions systems at leading universities work.


Teachers can access information and advice online through guidebooks, information sheets, presentations, student resources and video case studies.

Advancing Access  will also host free virtual conferences throughout the year where users can hear first-hand from staff representing 24 universities, ask questions through live discussion forums and share ideas with colleagues, all without the need for travel.   To find out more, and to sign up online, visit the website

The Advancing Access project has been funded by HEFCE as part of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach and builds on the success of existing measures designed to improve university entrance rates for students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds.


David Coe, Transition & Progression Coordinator, Newcastle Sixth Form College, a teacher who has taken part in the pilot said:

“I am extremely excited for the launch of Advancing Access; a collection of valuable CPD resources for staff who support learners with their university choices. In this day and age, choosing the right university and course has taken on an even greater significance for students and is a decision that has to be well informed.

“Advancing Access will help immeasurably in that respect, not only for applicants themselves in raising their aspirations and equipping them with the information and confidence to make that decision, but for the staff who advise them, as the resources are comprehensive, insightful and easy to understand.”


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The Advancing Access university partners are:

University of Birmingham > University of Bristol > University of Cambridge > Cardiff University > Durham University > University of Edinburgh > University of Exeter > University of Glasgow > Imperial College London > King’s College London > University of Leeds > University of Liverpool > London School of Economics and Political Science > University of Manchester > Newcastle University > University of Nottingham > University of Oxford > Queen Mary University of London > Queen’s University Belfast > University of Sheffield > University of Southampton > University College London > University of Warwick > University of York >