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What is Inspiring Futures?

The University of Chester, like all universities, has an Access and Participation Plan in place which sets out how we, as an education provider, will improve equal opportunities for under-represented groups in higher education. Funding provided from The Office for Students (OfS), the independent regulator of higher education in England, ensures that we, along with all other universities, are able to provide under-represented groups with equal opportunities to access and succeed in higher education, by eliminating inequalities and therefore achieving successful and rewarding careers. 

Inspiring Futures is an exclusive programme of additional careers related activities and support, provided by Careers and Employability, Student Futures, which is available to current full time undergraduate, home-fee paying students from under-represented groups.  Inspiring Futures has been established to address the particular needs of these students, supporting them to achieve lifelong success.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply for careers related activities and support through Inspiring Futures, you must meet one of the following criteria:

What’s involved?

Inspiring Futures enables eligible students to get involved in:

  • Industry Insights - an opportunity to get involved in a programme of visits to employers in cities other than Chester.  By participating you will:
    • develop your knowledge and understanding of different industry sectors
    • gain a greater awareness of employers' recruitment and selection processes
    • increase your confidence and success when applying for graduate roles
  • Assessment Centre Simulation - an opportunity to take part in an assessment centre day and to gain a Level 3 AQA accreditation in Employability Skills.  By participating you will:
    • gain a greater awareness and understanding of assessment centre processes and activities
    • increase your confidence in your ability to perform effectively at assessment centres
    • develop your confidence and success when applying for internship opportunities or graduate roles

Participating in Industry Insights or an Assessment Centre Simulation will earn you 1 point towards The Chester Difference Award

  • Inspiring Futures Internships - an opportunity for current students from under-represented groups to undertake a 175-hour paid internship opportunity within an SME organisation.  By participating you will:
    • be provided with application and interview support in order to increase the success of your internship application
    • increase your knowledge and understanding of different industry sectors and job roles to aid future career planning and decision making
    • develop your confidence and increase your success when applying for graduate roles in the future
  • The Futures Employability Fund – an opportunity for eligible students to apply for up to £500 towards their future career. Click here to apply now
  • The Santander Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF) - an opportunity for students from under-represented groups to carry out activities, purchase items or gain office space to enhance their enterprise skills, to help build their freelance career or to help them to start up a business.  The fund is non-repayable, with a maximum award of £250 per person.  To apply for funding through the SEF click here

To access a 15-minute bookable appointment to discuss any activity in the Inspiring Futures Programme click here

  • Guidance Appointments – Uncertain about your career ideas, need help skilling up or ready to make plans? Guidance Appointmen​​​​​​​ts are an opportunity to book a 45 minute appointment with one of our Career Consultants.  This could involve meeting with a named Career Consultant each time (please note this will be arranged wherever possible, however this may result in a slight delay in you being seen).  Click here to book an appointment
  • Career Chats – an opportunity to book a 15 minute appointment to discuss your CV, personal statement and job application.  Career Chats are available every week day, between 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. Click here to book an appointment

Additional Resources

If you’re a disabled student or graduate looking for support in finding a job, you can contact Scope by calling 0300 222 5742 or by emailing ​

Careers & Employability partner with MyPlus Students’ Club who provide students and graduates with disabilities with the connections, job opportunities and advice to enable you to confidently navigate the recruitment process at a range of top employers and organisations. Further details are here

Contact Information

Inspiring Futures - Careers and Employability