A collage of sepia-toned photos, depicting various teaching and tutoring between leaders and young people. There are various tools and papers on the tables, suggesting they may have made something, or taken part in an experiment.

50 years of schools outreach at Imperial

Imperial started its first schools outreach programme in 1975 with a local tutoring initiative called the Pimlico Connection. It is believed to be the first such scheme in the UK, and it continues to support pupils to this day. 

Over the last 50 years, the College has continued to launch innovative and collaborative schools outreach programmes touching the lives of thousands of young people and the many staff and students who have developed and delivered these activities. Imperial has led the way in establishing specialist facilities for schools outreach on its campuses – the Reach Out Lab in 2010 and Makerspace in 2017 – as well as creating innovative online and interactive programmes to serve young people of all ages in our local community and much further afield.


The Outreach@50 series celebrates an important milestone and shares the stories of our commitment to outreach and innovative approach, celebrating with our communities and participants, and thanking the many individuals, collaborators and partners who have made this journey possible. As well as looking back, we look ahead at our ambitious plans for outreach in the future.

Get in touch

We are sourcing stories to feature as part of the campaign. Have you been involved in any schools outreach activity at Imperial? We want to hear from you! Fill in the forms below to share your story and we will be in touch. By completing this form, you agree that we may contact you at a later date using the email address provided. Please note that we will not use any names, text, or images without contacting you beforehand. The Outreach team's full GDPR statement can be viewed on the Outreach data privacy notice section of the website.

Watch this space for the stories to be published over the 2024-25 academic year.