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.

Usually, we welcome 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 7-12 (or equivalent) - and we ask that the majority of each group visiting us meet our Widening Participation (WP) criteria. We also visit state schools to deliver presentations, attend HE fairs and run workshops. All of these events have no cost attached.

COVID-19 Practice

Unfortunately, at the moment we are not able to visit schools or have them visit us at College. However, we are hosting as much as we can online over MS Teams/Zoom - HE fairs, presentations and workshops - and are also working to develop & share resources which can be viewed online.

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.