About us

We are Inspiring Choices, the York & North Yorkshire hub for the national Uni Connect programme.

We work with local schools, colleges and communities across the region to support young people to make informed decisions about their future education and careers. The programme is based at York St John University and is delivered in partnership with local Universities, Colleges, LAs, the LEP and other local education and enterprise stakeholders.

Recent Careers Strategy Guidance brings increased accountability for school/college leaders to deliver a coordinated whole school/college approach to careers guidance for all students.  Inspiring Choices is keen to ensure that the
activity on offer goes some way to supporting schools, colleges and community groups to
meet this responsibility.

If you are a teacher or parent based in York & North Yorkshire, and would like to find out if your students are eligible to join the programme please contact us for more information. 

What is Uni Connect?

Uni Connect is a national programme that aims to support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education and to reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups. It started in January 2017 and is funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Uni Connect brings together 29 partnerships of universities, colleges, schools and other local agencies to deliver sustained and progressive programmes of higher education outreach to young people aged 13 and above. Work is particularly focused on geographic areas in England where participation in higher education is low overall and lower than expected given local GCSE results. Inspiring Choices operates specifically across York & North Yorkshire. 

Find out more on the Office For Students website

What is Higher Education?

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Resources designed to support young people who are navigating school, further education, and higher education!

school students

Parents and Carers

Resources for Parents/Carers to enable you to support young people as they make decisions about their future



Resources for teachers/practitioners working with young people and supporting the Careers curriculum in school/college


Additional Support

Resource and information relating to specific groups and / or circumstances that may benefit from additional support.