Through the University’s Area Links Scheme Emmanuel College is primarily linked with schools in the Local Authority Areas of Sheffield, Essex, Thurrock, and Southend-on-Sea. We concentrate our access work in these areas but we are also open to working with schools from other regions.

Access Officer & students walking through Chapel Cloisters, with war memorial in the background

We welcome state comprehensive school groups in visiting Emmanuel College. The content of visits will vary depending on the age group attending and the purpose of the day, but can include tours of the college, presentations on Higher Education and/or Cambridge, and taster sessions with Academics & PhD students (and lunch!). These visits are most suitable to students in Years 9/10 & 12 - and we ask that the majority of each group visiting us meet our Widening Participation (WP) criteria. We also visit state comprehensive schools to deliver presentations, and run workshops in dedicated weeks each term, for any year group from Y7-12. All of these events have no cost attached.

Schools in our link areas can get involved by signing up for our programmes here!

Blended Delivery

In addition to our collaborative online programmes - such as Next Steps South Yorkshire, Next Steps Essex and Click Cambridge - we also host individual schools workshops over MS Teams/Zoom. These can also be signed up for via the link above.

Widening Participation Criteria

Our WP criteria include but are not limited to: those in care or who are care leavers, those eligible for free school meals (or who have been eligible in the last six years), those who live in areas with low levels of progression to HE as determined by home postcode, Black and Minority Ethnic students, estranged students, young carers, and those who would be the first generation of their family to progress to higher education. This list is not exhaustive so, if you have a student who you believe meets WP criteria not listed above, please feel free to get in touch using the email address provided below.

Get in touch!

If you would like to discuss how we can work with your school then please email the address provided below. We would also be very interested in working with groups who meet our WP criteria but who are not attached to a school (e.g. council youth teams, certain charities/groups).

  • Email our Schools Liaison Officer, Finn Manders (pronouns: she/her) at
  • Sign up for our Teachers' Mailing List here to stay up-to-date with upcoming events & to stay in touch with me so we can work together.

The University also puts on a range of events for teachers,tutors and HE advisors each year.