This two-day, one-night event introduces Year 12 students to life at university. Through a number of team working activities, sports sessions and night spent in halls of residence students will develop their key transferable skills and gain an insight into life as an undergraduate.
Participating students will be set a communication challenge by the Speaker’s Trust where they will develop key transferable skills such as;
• Negotiation and problem-solving
• Independent research and presentation
• Team working and leadership
• Active listening and communication
Throughout the day students will also hear from the Students’ Union, take part in a number of sporting activities, stay in a catered halls of residence and have ambassadors on hand to answer any questions about life at University.
• Increase understanding of and interest in HE amongst participants
• Raise awareness of different routes and courses at university
Interested students can book on their own initiative. Bookings will open in May 2018. Students will be required to fill in a short application form which includes contact details for them and two emergency contacts. Students will also have to sign a code of conduct and a parental/carer consent form in order to take part.
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 the Office for Students (OfS). 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 12 Residential is aimed at pupils who fulfil a number of widening participation criteria. Places are limited to 250 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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