CUMBRIA’S university has new sources of support for school and college students who are considering their future plans. The outreach team at University of Cumbria has developed alternative methods to ensure help is at hand 24-7. In response to the coronavirus pandemic some elements are available, for the first time, on demand to young people and others who are interested in higher education and exploring training and career options. Bitesize live masterclasses, delivered by experts online, form part of the 'Discover. Explore. Support.' outreach approach, as do new ‘Getting Into’ sessions that provide insights into what prospective students may need to get onto the path of their chosen career. Masterclasses are ranging from microbes and media manipulation to sport, sketching and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local communities. There is also a variety of other support available for those who want to apply to university, including how to write a personal statement, student finance, UCAS guidance, and preparing for interviews. Daniel Dutton, Head of Student Recruitment and Outreach at University of Cumbria, said: “Designed for those with university in mind, our masterclasses are a unique way of exploring new topics, engaging in debate and enhancing subject knowledge. Our academics are experts in their field and are keen to share their knowledge, skills and expertise with students. Students at Furness College, Barrow, experience and benefit from regular support from the university. Keith Wardle, the college’s Head of Health, Access and Early Years, said: “This year our Access to HE students have received several talks that have been focussing on progression into higher education, UCAS, student finance. They’ve also attended a University of Cumbria virtual open day. “University of Cumbria is the most popular choice for our Access students, especially those science applicants interested in nursing and allied health professions so the sessions are always helpful.” University of Cumbria is holding a virtual open day on 5 December. Visit for full information and to book a free place. University of Cumbria is also the lead partner of Hello Future, a UniConnect partnership of universities, skills and training providers offering impartial advice to young people in Cumbria. The first Hello Future Expo, a free virtual FE and HE opportunities fair, took place on Saturday 28 November.