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Open Day Exchange

Open Day Exchange

Having the opportunity to explore the wide range of universities and the courses they offer is crucial when deciding if, or which, university is right for your students. Pathways are pleased to deliver a number of “exchanges” with universities across the wider Midlands area.

Students in Year 12 who are considering Higher Education after their sixth form studies will have the opportunity to visit one or more university open days where they will have the chance to speak with current students, find out more about the courses on offer and see what different campuses look like.

There will be an assembly ahead of the Open Day which will give an overview of what to expect, some key questions you might want to ask on the day and further advice on finding the right course and University. Transport will be provided to and from target schools for students attending the event.


• Increase understanding of and interest in HE amongst participants

• Raise awareness of different routes and courses at university

Application process:

Invitations will be sent to target schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in summer 2017 with further information on how to book.

Each student who wishes to take part in the activities will need to complete a Data Consent Form for East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership (EMWPREP). This is a monitoring database that allows the universities to report NCOP activity back to HEFCE.

Pathways will provide you with copies of this form and provide guidance if required.

Further information about EMWPREP can be found here (

Eligibility criteria:

As with other activities on the REACH website the Open Day Exchange is predominantly aimed at students from a widening participation (WP) background. This event is open to whole year groups, but teachers may want to select students that would benefit most from an intervention of this type, particularly white boys who are considering studying at Higher Education after A Level or equivalent.

As this event is externally funded, student eligibility is determined by the Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE).

If the event is oversubscribed priority will be given to students who fill one or more of the following:

• Live in an area identified as a Pathways ward (determined by home postcode)

• Be the first in their family to consider attending university

• Be in receipt of free school meals

• Be in or have spent time in local authority care

• Are a young carer

• Have a disability including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD


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