In light of Covid-19 restrictions, Ulster’s Schools Outreach has transformed from traditional face to face engagement, on campus or in schools, to support pupils via our new online delivery within the Ulster University Schools Outreach Academy.

Working in collaboration with Schools, Industry Partners and Academics across the University, the Schools Outreach Academy has developed a series of programmes across a diverse range of subjects.

Introducing a new 2 part programme launched via our Schools Outreach Academy, 'Embracing Talent; Part 1 & Part 2'

The Embracing Talent programme is targeted at Key Stage 4/5 (year 12/14 pupils). This course provides pupils with an opportunity to develop a range of skills needed for the workplace or preparing for HE/FE. This research informed course has been designed in partnership with Career Ready and Business in the Community, alongside Industry Partners. The course primarily takes its steer from findings in the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer 2019

Delivered over two parts this free, self-paced course is filled with interactive lectures and presentations as well as challenging tasks, all designed to foster skill development of pupils. Each lesson also contains an Industry Insight segment featuring a prominent local business person providing their advice for young people.

In Part 1 pupils will have the opportunity to take part in 4 interactive lessons covering a range of topics.

Industry insight is provided by the following local business people

Lesson 1
Tony Madden, Regional Manager for Career Ready Northern Ireland.

Lesson 2
Claire Gordon, Director of Education and Jobs at Business in the Community Northern Ireland.

Lesson 3
Lorraine Lavery-Bowen, Schools Partnership Manager, Ulster University

Lesson 4
Lisa McIlvenna, Deputy Managing Director at Business in the Community Northern Ireland.
Louise Kerr, Senior Engineering Manager at Arity .
John Healy, Managing Director of Allstate Northern Ireland

Lesson 5
Mr Noel McKee, Commercial Manager at Mascott Construction .

Lesson 6
Jane Watson, Events Manager at Morrow Communications .

On completion of programmes, each pupil will be awarded an Ulster University Certificate.


Pupils and teachers can enrol online then search for ULSTER UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS OUTREACH ACADEMY EMBRACING TALENT. To date this course has proved to be exceptionally popular with over 150 enrollments from pupils since its launch.

For further information please contact

We look forward to welcoming your pupils as Ulster University Schools Outreach Academy Scholars.