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What is UniFest?

UniFest is a programme of residential summer schools offered by 6 universities in the West Midlands:

  • Aston University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Newman University
  • University College Birmingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Worcester

UniFest is for year 10 students who are considering higher education and need information, advice and support to reach their full potential.

How can I get involved?

The UniFest programme opens for applications in January 2019.

Things to bear in mind

UniFest is a targeted programme and places are offered to young people who meet certain criteria, you may need to ask your parents or carers whether you’ll be able to apply based on their circumstances. Your teachers can help you with this too.

Criteria Weighting
Disadvantaged home postcode* 1
Eligible for Free School Meals / FSM6 / Pupil Premium or the 16-19 Bursary 1
No parental experience of higher education 7
Disability and/or learning difficulty 7
Children in Care 7
Young carers 1

*Aimhigher can help you identify postcodes and occupations that meet our criteria. Contact for more information.

How will Unifest help me?

Aimhigher summer schools have been running for many years. Students who have taken part in Unifest become more motivated and confident in their learning, are known to have better grades at school and are more likely to go to university.

Is there a cost?

UniFest is free of charge however, if you were to get a place and then drop out at late notice, fail to attend, leave an event early or are excluded for breaching rules, your school will receive a fine of £200. Please make sure you definitely want to attend before accepting your offer.

I don’t know if I can miss school..

If UniFest clashes with activities at your school please speak to your teachers as you need their support to apply.

Is there any flexibility on age groups?

UniFest is designed for year 10 students only.

What should I put in my supporting statement?

Please tell us about yourself and your interests, the subjects and qualifications you are studying, your career ambitions, any work experience you have had and why you are applying.

Contact us for more information


Telephone: 0121 415 8176