Cumbira Lancashire

Our Network

Cumbria and Lancashire Network for collaborative Outreach is a new network aiming to encourage young people aged 11-16 who have the potential to consider further study as an option for their future.

The partnership is part of the National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) which is overseeing a co-ordinated approach throughout England to address disparities in accessing higher learning through the provision of information to all schools and colleges. The CLNCO is fairly unique as it covers both Cumbria and Lancashire.


  • Accrington and Rossendale College
  • Blackburn College
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • UCLan Burnley
  • Carlisle College
  • Edge Hill University
  • Furness College
  • Kendal College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Lancaster & Morecambe College
  • Lancaster University
  • Myerscough College
  • Newton Rigg College
  • Preston’s College
  • Runshaw College
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • University of Cumbria


The Cumbria and Lancashire Network for Collaborative Outreach aims to ensure universities and colleges are working together to provide outreach and widening participation activities for young people currently under-represented* in higher education, to inspire them and to help them make informed decisions about progression into higher learning.

The Network will work with teachers and other influencers in schools, colleges, organisations and local communities across Cumbria and Lancashire to raise awareness of higher learning and to help them gain access to these aspirational activities for their young people.

The Network will co-ordinate and provide information through its website, so that all schools and colleges are aware of the support available to them and that a collaborative approach is taken to address areas of particular need.

* under-represented groups include 11-16 year old students from low income households, first generation higher education students, disabled or with a learning difficulty, from a minority ethnic group, in care or care leaver or a young carer.

Governance Overview

Four universities and thirteen colleges in Cumbria and Lancashire have agreed to collaborate under one Management Group and one Operational Group. The University of Cumbria is the lead for Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire is the lead for Lancashire. A Single Point of Contact has been established in both Cumbria and Lancashire and they are there to listen to what you need and to guide you towards the most appropriate events and/or information.

Other Networks

If you are visiting our website from another area of the country you can find information about your local NNCO Network here.

You can also find information about the National Networks which are offering advice at the national level and work with the local networks. These are:

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers – This network focuses on information and resources for care leavers, and all those that support them, about progression to higher education.

The Open University NNCO – The main focus of this network will be to serve adults looking for simplified advice and guidance on all the non-traditional routes to and through higher education and will include informal to formal journeys.

Oxford & Cambridge Collaborative Network – This national collaborative network offers the opportunity to ensure that schools are fully aware of the support available from the two universities.