This week-long event takes place at a University campus and will introduce Year 10 students to a range of subjects taught at HE. Students can choose to “study” a particular subject stream for the duration of the Holiday Club.
Three days will be spent on campus in taster lectures, labs and workshops with dedicated academic staff and student ambassadors introducing them to teaching styles and activities that take place in university. Alongside the academic content there will be the opportunity to take part in student union led activities and talks on the benefits of studying beyond post-16 education.
On the fourth day all participating students will be taken on an educational day trip out to a local attraction to round up their week. Transport will be provided to and from target schools each day.
• Increase understanding and interest in Higher Education amongst participants
• Increase female participants’ awareness of STEM subjects in HE and pathways into STEM degrees or courses
• Increase male participants’ awareness of creative subjects in HE and pathways into those degrees or courses
Invitations for students to book onto the event will be sent in early 2018 to target schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. Eligible students will need parental/carer permission to attend the event and we will collect consent forms with emergency contact details as part of the application process.
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 (www.emwprep.ac.uk)
As with other activities on the REACH website the Year 10 Holiday club is aimed at pupils who fulfil a number of widening participation criteria. Places are limited at 150 students.
As the event is externally funded, student eligibility is determined by the Higher Education funding Council for England (HEFCE).
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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