Advancing Access initiative

Advancing Access is an initiative developed by the 24 Russell Group universities. It is designed to provide free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and careers advisers – supporting more of their students to progress to the UK’s most competitive universities. Schools and colleges can take part by:

  • Requesting a free CPD session to be delivered in their school or college (topics include supporting students with qualification choices and personal statements, UCAS references and preparing students for interviews)
  • Joining the free online and offline events, such as virtual conferences and teacher CPD conferences in schools and colleges
  • Using the large online collection of free CPD resources, including resources for both teachers and students
Top tips
  • Advancing Access can signpost schools and colleges to engage further with its 24 university partners, offering support in reaching benchmark 7
  • Use the accompanying guide to learn exactly how Advancing Access can support schools and colleges


  • Careers Leader
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Higher Education events and visits
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • SEND