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to the Future Zoo hub!

Here you will find more details about the Future Zoo programme you will be taking part in over the next few months.

This will be your go-to location to find out information and updates about the programme. Please check back regularly as this page will be updated ahead of each activity.

You also have a designated member of staff in college who will support you through the programme and be your main contact regarding travel to and from activities.

Make sure you read all the information below so you know the correct times, locations and what to bring with you!

Programme Outline

Launch Session

Find out more about what to expect during the programme.

Hosted online via MS Teams.

Session 1: Monday 25th March 4-5pm

[Join here]

Session 2: Tuesday 26th March 6-7pm

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Blackpool Zoo

Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to life at the zoo with industry professionals.

Arrival: 9.15am for a 9.30am start

Departure: 2pm

Uniform: Trousers, boots (or similar footwear), and relevant outdoor clothing such as waterproofs etc. 

Catering: Lunch will be provided. Please ensure you have breakfast before you arrive as you will not be able to eat any snacks during the activities with the animals.

Other Information: You must return your Zoo permission form and photo consent to college before 31st March. 

Myerscough College

Practical animal care workshops delivered by academic staff.

Click here to check out a video overview of this day

Arrival: 9.45am for a 10am start

Departure: 2pm

Uniform: Your Future Zoo hoodie, Trousers, Boots (or similar footwear) and relevant outdoor clothing such as waterproof, sunscreen etc.

Catering: Lunch will be provided.

Other Information: Myerscough College Campus Map: www.myerscough.ac.uk/media/8881/myerscough-college-campus-map.pdf

Please confirm travel arrangements with your college.

Independent Project

An academic project, set by Blackpool Zoo, to be completed and displayed at the graduation event.

Deadline: Tuesday 30th April – 5pm

Other Information: Click the below link for the project brief and details about how to submit. 

You will not be expected to present your project but it will be displayed for colleagues and graduation guests to view.

University of Central Lancashire

An interactive DNA splicing workshops and graduation ceremony.

Arrival (just Future Zoo students): 9.30am for a 9.45am start. 

Parent/Carer Arrival: 3.45pm.

Graduation: 4.15pm-5.15pm.

Departure: 6pm

Uniform: Your Future Zoo hoodie. You will not need to wear outdoor clothing as you will be working in a lab.

Catering: Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments for parents/carers before and after the graduation. 

Other Information: On arrival at UCLan, please make your way to Darwin Building (DB on Map). UCLan Campus Map: www.uclan.ac.uk/assets/campus-maps/preston.pdf

Please confirm travel arrangements with your college. You may want to travel home with your parent/carers as they will be invited to attend the graduation.


How do I travel to and from each event?

Your college is responsible for helping you to arrange travel to and from events. Future U are not responsible for organising your travel but will reimburse the costs to you via college afterwards. If your college advises you to make your own way there e.g. they are not organising a minibus/taxi for you you, please keep any tickets/receipts as you will need these to claim the cost back afterwards. 

Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of the start time at each activity. 

Who else is part of the programme?

There are 20 learners taking part in the programme from colleges across Lancashire. All students are studying towards a Level 3 qualification and have completed the online application form. This year we are pleased to welcome students from Blackburn College, Nelson and Colne College, Blackpool and The Fylde College, Burnley College and Cardinal Newman College

Who is my contact at college?

You have a designated contact college who has been made aware that you have gained a place on the programme and will support you to complete and attend all activities. You have received an email from Future U to let you know who this is. If you are still unsure, please email futureuadmin@uclan.ac.uk. 

Can my parents/carers attend the graduation event?

Yes! We will be inviting your parents, carers and teachers to attend a graduation event at the University of Central Lancashire on the 2nd of May. This will follow on from your DNA workshop. You, and your parents/carers, will receive an invitation to the graduation closer to the event which will include timings and further information such as the venue and parking instructions. 

What do I need to wear and bring with me?

Please check the specific event information on this page (scroll up!), where you will find information relevant to each event. Please ensure you dress appropriately for each activity, taking into account the weather. Remember your sun screen and waterproofs if necessary! 

You will also find information about any catering that is provided next to each event but you are welcome to bring your own food if you would prefer.

When is the deadline to complete the independent project?

The deadline to complete your independent project will be on the 30th of April. You can find out more about the project by checking out the project page above.

Your independent project work will be displayed during the graduation event at the University of Central Lancashire on the 2nd of May and we will expect you to submit it a few weeks before.

Got questions? We've got answers!

If you have any more questions about the Future Zoo programme, send us an email at futureuadmin@uclan.ac.uk

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Events & Activities

At Future U, we to offer a variety of outreach events and activities which are delivered by our central team and by our partners.


Please select Activities to view the range of talks and workshops that are available to book ad-hoc. Many activities can be delivered in school or virtually, are free of charge and are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.


Select Events to see find upcoming dates for university visit days, competitions, residentials and more.