As part of our preparations for Careers in Ideas Week (16 to 22 November 2020), we’ve been compiling information for IP professionals about UK schools and universities. The idea is to help you plan your careers, outreach and recruitment activities, by selecting an educational establishment in the right locality, and/or with the right demographic or educational focus, to suit your particular objectives.

We hope people will use our two new databases in particular to identify audiences they’ve not been in contact with before: these are the ones that can most benefit from Careers in Ideas.

You can download the databases below. Please feel free to make use of the information in them. And please also, when you visit these places to give careers talks, or work with them online, mention the Careers in Ideas website. This will help us spread the word more widely, not only about the IP careers that you’re able to speak about, but also about others that might appeal to different types of recruits.

There are plenty of free Careers in Ideas resources available for you to use when you work with schools and universities, all designed to make it easier for you to plan your careers talks and work experience activities.


The schools database

Download the latest version of the schools database here.

This database tabulates English schools by region and local authority. It includes publicly available data relating to admissions policies, percentages of students eligible for free school meals, and class sizes. We hope this will help you select local schools that could benefit from support from Careers in Ideas initiatives.

Please note that the database is currently based on 2018-2019 data. We believe this will serve as a useful indicator of school intake and performance, particularly since 2019-2020 was a year of such tremendous upheaval for schools, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, and thus unlikely to yield truly representative data.

In the future we hope to extend this database to cover UK schools outside of England.


The universities database

Download the latest version of the universities database here.

This database, last updated in August 2020, provides information about UK universities under two tabs. The first includes their locations and points of contact, together with information about any IP-related courses they offer. The second links to relevant information about the various university “groups”, such as the GW4 and Russell Group: we hope this will help you to target for example some of the less “elite” establishments that have previously had scant access to information and support from the IP sector.

In the future we hope to add to this spreadsheet with data about student populations and demographics, broken down by their subjects of study.


Please keep us in the loop

If you get the chance, please let us know if you work with any of the listed schools or universities and feed back to us about your experiences. Who did you contact? How did it go? Is there any advice you can share with other IP professionals as a result? How could we improve the quality of the information in our databases?

This will help us coordinate outreach efforts across the IP professions. For example, if you’re particularly interested in improving the diversity of your intake, and reaching new audiences, we may be able to help you identify establishments that have not yet heard from the IP sector.


The caveats

Please note that all the information in these databases is from the public domain. There are no personal contact details in them. And whilst we believe (and hope) the information to be accurate, you’ll appreciate we can’t provide any guarantees. The databases are intended as a useful starting point but we advise you to make your own checks before contacting any schools or universities. If you discover inaccurate information, we’d be grateful if you could let us know so that we can correct it.

Inclusion of a school or university in our databases does not imply any kind of endorsement by Careers in Ideas or IP Inclusive.


Some thank yous

Huge thanks to Natasha Perks (Abel + Imray) and David Joo (Haley Guiliano) for collating this information for us – it’s been a mammoth project! If you’d like to help them maintain and develop the project, we’d love to hear from you.



Page published on 17th November 2020
Page last modified on 17th November 2020

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