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Outreach events and activities

The majority of the Widening Participation & Outreach team’s activities, especially sustained engagement programmes, are offered to a targeted group of schools and colleges in Hounslow, Ealing, and Hillingdon. 

We work with students in Year 6 up to Year 13 in these institutions (as well as mature students), and we aim to target these activities towards students from groups underrepresented in Higher Education. We also offer lighter-touch opportunities for students, including one-day campus visits, tailored workshops in school, support from Student Ambassadors and hosting a talk or stand at your existing options evenings or parents’ evenings. 

Find out more about the groups we aim to work with in our targeting and eligibility section.

At the busiest times of year, we may have limited capacity, but we aim to be flexible and we would be very happy to receive your enquiry. To ask about working with the Outreach or Student Recruitment teams, please complete our visit request form or email

National Careers Week 2024  

National Careers Week is taking place from Monday 4th to Friday 9th March 2024. National Careers Week (NCW) is a one-week celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. Nancy Bentley, the Widening Participation & Outreach Manager, is an NCW2024 Ambassador, and aims to promote the campaign to schools and colleges in London.

The St Mary's Outreach team have developed resources to support KS3-4 students, their parents and carers, and teachers. Here are some ways you can get involved in National Careers Week 2024. 

Use our new NCW2024 resources

Follow us on social media 

Throughout NCW2024 we will be sharing resources and video content from the St Mary's Outreach Instagram account with the hastag #NCW2024 - follow us @outreachstmarys.  

Get involved in the NCW2024 campaign

Visit the National Careers Week website for free resources and events, and to find out more from employers including NatWest Group, NHS, Young Enterprise, WorldSkills, and UKHospitality. 

Any questions? Contact

#NCW2024 is coming

For 2023/24 we are offering our most extensive programme of free Saturday Clubs to date, all targeted at 13-16 year olds from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • Now in its third year, the Performance&Theatre Club (Youth Theatre) will run from Saturday 4th November 2023 (with a taster session on 14th October).
  • The Society&Change Club is focused on humanities subjects, and will run from Saturday 27th January 2024.
  • The new Science&Technology Club will be launched on Saturday 24th February 2024.

You can find out more about the National Saturday Club programmes and apply on their website.

Find out more about activities available for Primary School students, as well as the online resources for the Ealing Children's University on our Primary page.

Find out more

Over this three day, two night Residential, pupils will live on campus like real university students, and participate in a range of taster sessions on academic and extracurricular life at university. We work with a few of schools that meet our targeting criteria, and host some of their year 9 students, who stay in halls on campus, meet, and work with current university students and are encouraged to think about their futures.

We are not currently looking for any more schools for our June 2024 Year 9 residential. If you any questions about the residential, or are enquiring into June 2025, please contact

If you have a request relating to Key Stage 5 UCAS Support (making university choices, personal statement support etc), please complete our visit request form and either the Student Recruitment or Widening Participation and Outreach teams will respond to your enquiry. 

Mandip Birk is our Senior Widening Participation & Outreach Officer leading on Post-16 activities, and can be contacted via 

In addition to St Mary’s online events and webinars, and online resources, the Widening Participation and Outreach team has delivered online outreach programmes using Google Classroom, and Careers talks via online platforms.

Schools that are members of the Aimhigher London Partnership can access online courses using the Aimhigher Members Area.

If you would like to enquire about online outreach programmes, please contact Nancy Bentley, Widening Participation and Outreach Manager:; 020 8240 4247

We're happy to hear from Teachers & Advisors with enquiries or suggestions for activities, and aim to flexibly fulfil these requests when our capacity allows. Take a look at other options below, and please feel free to get in touch via

  • Campus visits; a part-day or one-day campus visit to St Mary’s can provide a tour/ scavenger hunt, taster subject session, and information advice and guidance session. Our approachable Widening Participation Student Ambassadors make the day fun and informative.
  • Ad-hoc workshops in school/ college; if you are hosting Careers Focus days, or off-timetable enrichment days and would be interested in a workshop from St Mary’s, please get in touch. Sessions could include topics such as ‘introducing university’, ‘making choices’, ‘time management’, ‘Student life’ and so on. We would be happy to discuss your requirements, and we will aim to meet your request if we have the staff availability.
  • Careers fairs, options events, parents’ evenings; the Widening Participation and Outreach and the Student Recruitment teams are happy to take enquiries for your events via our visit request form.
  • Student Ambassadors; within the Student Ambassador team, a group of Widening Participation Ambassadors are DBS checked and trained for outreach activities with Year 6 and upwards. Widening Participation Ambassadors inspire and engage the students they work with. If you would like to ask about how they can support your students in school or college, please get in touch.

Previous event highlights

In June 2023, the Outreach team collaborated with Kingston Council, Surrey Community Action and the Association of Friends, Families and Travellers, to raise awareness and support inclusion of Gypsy Roma & Traveller young people. As part of the Richmond Arts & Ideas Festival we hosted a performance of ‘Crystal’s Vardo’ on Saturday 24th June 5-6.30pm. View the poster for the performance

‘Crystal’s Vardo’ is a theatre production about a teenage Traveller called Crystal who is being bullied at school. It aims to provide a rich and detailed account of the Traveller communities and their histories. It highlights the persecution that has been faced by the Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities throughout history, and how this is still being manifested today. Find our more information about the show and its wider aims.

Facts and figures

  • There are over 300,000 Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller people in the UK – that’s around one in 200 people.
  • A survey carried out by Traveller Movement, a national Gypsy, Roma and Traveller charity, found that, in 2017, 91 per cent of the 199 respondents had experienced discrimination and 77 per cent had experienced hate speech or a hate crime.
  • According to Ofsted, Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller children remain the most at risk of being bullied within the school community.

For more facts and figures, see the Teacher Resource Pack for 'Crystal's Vardo', supplied by Friends Families & Travellers. 

Get involved

This show is part of broader outreach and engagement work which St Mary’s is developing with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater communities.  We would love to hear from students or staff with a connection to these communities – work with us to help develop these relationships! 

Email to contribute your thoughts and experiences, and to find out more information about upcoming outreach and engagement projects for Gypsy Roma Traveller Showmen and Boater communities. We would love to hear from you!