FAQs

In accordance with government and Local Authority guidance, we ask that the staff/student ratio for your visit is a minimum of 1 member of staff to 15 students (1:15). The Universities reserve the right to cancel your event, without notice, should this ratio not be adhered to.  In order for students to get the most out of the day we require staff to attend all sessions and ask that they play an active and encouraging role during the day’s activities.

On campus events often involve a lot of walking outside. Students and staff should wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring a waterproof coat if necessary. If a sports activity is booked this should also be taken into consideration and appropriate clothing worn.

Group sizes generally range from between 30-60 students. Detailed information regarding maximum participants numbers is listed within the individual activities pages of the REACH website and will also be confirmed in the pre-event information.

This will depend on the University you are visiting and the type of event booked.  Students and staff may be asked to bring a packed lunch and this will be indicated in pre-event information.

Most visits based on the University campuses are free to attend. Schools and Colleges must, however, book and pay for their own transport costs.

All of the activities on offer are free of charge to schools. The only cost to your school is for transport and any cover you would need in school.

Our programmes have all been designed to fit in with the school day. We generally find that we are tight of time, so altering the length of the day often proves problematic. If you have any specific problems with the timings, please do get in touch with the activity provider and we can see if we are able to adjust anything without compromising the activity.

Yes please! We ask for very specific data that we need the parents’ permission to use – this is how we justify what we do to our funding bodies (OFFA) and the only way to ensure that we are able to keep offering these types of activities free of charge.

We would ask that staff are around for the entire duration of the visit to ensure that students engage appropriately with the activity. Our ambassadors are not trained to deal with behaviour issue and will raise any issues with the activity organiser who will then bring it to your attention.

Not always, we have a range of activities both on campus and in school. On the activity details for each activity it will tell you whether it will be on campus or in school.

Your school’s WP cohort information will be sent to you by your Local Authority in early December 2014. This may seem somewhat late in the academic year for your purposes, but the LA and the East Midlands Widening Participation Research Evaluation Co-ordinator can only finalise the cohort lists after the school pupil census has been completed and this takes place in November.

Between September and early December you can use your current WP cohort list (for academic year 2013-2014). This should be pretty accurate for Years 9 and above. You should already have access to this list if you are currently your school’s WP Co-ordinator and you have informed Tim Farthing at VESA of this.

Tim can be emailed (Tim.Farthing@vesa.org.uk) or contacted by phone on 0116 2491529.

The way the new cohort information will come to you in December 2014 varies between City and County schools. See below for further information.

If you work in a City School:

VESA will be contacting you in the summer term to confirm that you will continue to be the WP Co-ordinator for your school next academic year (2014 -2015).

If you are not going to be the Co-ordinator next year we would urge you to inform us of this and if possible give us the name and contact details of the person who will be replacing you.

In November the city LA will email you as the school WP Co-ordinator and will open an Any Comms account in your name at the school. In December your school’s cohort list will be downloaded onto this account for you to access, using a password you will be issued with.

A letter explaining all this will be sent to you in October, along with a contact at the city LA if you have any technical difficulties.

[If you are reading this after the start of the 2014-15 academic year as a NEW Co-ordinator and your predecessor has not spoken to you or given you the 2013-14 WP cohort list please contact Tim VESA asap.]

If you work in a County School:

VESA will be contacting you in the summer term to confirm that you will be the WP Co-ordinator for your school next academic year (2014 -2015).

If you are not going to be the Co-ordinator next year we would urge you to inform us of this and if possible give us the name and contact details of the person who will be replacing you.

In December 2014 the LA will send an Any Comms file to the Data Manager in your school with your cohort list on it. VESA will inform you by email when this has been done. This absolutely follows the procedure we went through in 2013-14 academic year, so you should know who to contact in your school’s administrative team. This process covers the vast majority of schools that have become academies as they have signed data sharing protocols with the LA covering this procedure.

A letter explaining all this will be sent to you in October, along with a contact at the county LA if you have any technical difficulties.

-        Encouraged and motivated to study at a higher level.
-        Some events are able to tie into their current curriculum
-        OFSTED are now looking at personal develpment and taking part in these activities can be used to evidence a concern for this area

Activities can be found on the under the Activities tab on the website, please see the activity grid to identify what year group or type of activity you are interested in from the drop box. Each university contact will be able to you in putting a programme of activities together.

If you are currently a school WP co-ordinator and you know that you will be handing over the role to a colleague next academic year, the REACH Partnership would be very grateful if you would do the following things:
If you are the WP co-ordinator in a City School:
Please inform Tim Farthing at VESA asap that you will not be continuing in your role. If you know who your replacement is going to be please let Tim have their name and contact details. Tim can be contacted either by email (Tim.Farthing@vesa.org.uk) or by telephone on 0116 2491529.
Please speak to the new coordinator and let them know that they can receive on-going support from VESA and the REACH Partnership. They may want to arrange a meeting with Tim in the summer term prior to their appointment or early in the Autumn term.
Please let them know that they will be given their own Any Comms account by the Local Authority in November and that the school’s WP cohort will be downloaded to this account in early December by the LA when it is ready. However, this can only happen if the school (i.e. you, the Head or the new co-ordinator) has informed VESA that you are no longer the WP school contact.
Please let the new WP co-ordinator have your current WP cohort lists. They can use these until the new lists come out in December. If they do not have access to your lists they have no reference point against which to select student participants between the start of the academic year and December.
It is also vital that you let the new coordinator know about the REACH Partnership website www.REACH.ac.uk. They will need to understand that this is the place where they can find all the activities on offer, along with information about which students to send and how to book. It also has the contact details of each university’s WP outreach teams who are happy to meet with you to discuss the activities on offer further.
Finally, if you are about to finish your role as school WP Co-ordinator, can we in the REACH Partnership thank you for the important work you have been doing on behalf of your students.
If you are the WP Co-ordinator in a County School:
Please inform Tim Farthing at VESA asap that you will not be continuing in your role. If you know who your replacement is going to be please let Tim have their name and contact details. Tim can be contacted either by email (Tim.Farthing@vesa.org.uk) or by telephone on 0116 2491529.
Please speak to the new co-ordinator and let them know that they can receive on-going support from VESA and the REACH Partnership. They may want to arrange a meeting with Tim in the summer term prior to their appointment or early in the Autumn term.
As you will be aware, the County LA sends your school’s WP cohort through to the data administrators in your school. This happens in December, after the LA and Universities Data officers have processed your WP cohort information. The new co-ordinator will need to know who in your school this information is sent to in order to retrieve it for their own use. Please let them know who you have dealt with in your school.
Please let the new WP co-ordinator have your current WP cohort lists. They can use these until the new lists come out in December. If they do not have access to your lists they have no reference point against which to select student participants between the start of the academic year and December.
It is also vital that you let the new co-ordinator know about the REACH Partnership website. They will need to understand that this is the place where they can find all the activities on offer, along with information about which students to send and how to book. It also has the contact details of each university’s WP outreach team who are happy to meet with you to discuss the activities on offer further.
Finally, if you are about to finish your role as school WP co-ordinator, can we in the REACH Partnership thank you for the important work you have been doing on behalf of your students.

College Higher Education or CHE is an alternative route to gaining a University Degree. Students study for their undergraduate programme in a College environment.

Colleges offer a wide range of university level courses including Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees, Higher Level Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees. Most of the courses can be studied on a full or part time basis.

These are degree level qualifications designed in association with employers – combining academic skills and knowledge with workplace performance and productivity. They’re ideal if you’re unsure about taking a full degree or if you want to study while you work. Usually 2 years full time. You can then top this up by progressing onto an Honours Degree with one more year of study either at a College or a University.

A diploma given for vocational training that prepares the student for a career in a particular area; good students may progress to a course leading to a degree. HNDs are studied full time over 2 years (can be part time over more years). You can then top this up by progressing onto an Honours Degree with one more year of study either at a College or a University.

• In a College you will usually study in smaller class sizes of approximately 15 – 18.
• The cost of the course is often more affordable with tuition fees ranging from £6K - £7K compared to University fees of £9k. 
• Colleges offer flexible awards with a ‘2+1 approach’. That’s two years at College studying either a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma, with one more year at College or a University to achieve the full Honours Degree. Still a three year journey. 
• Colleges offer high levels of tutor contact and support. 
• Most qualifications offered by Colleges tend to be professional or technical qualifications, with high levels of employability skills built into the programme.

All Colleges within the REACH partnership have specialist and industry standard resources and equipment, offering some of the best and most up-to date learning facilities in the City and County.

Colleges have very high standards of teaching and learning as they are monitored for Quality Assurance by both QAA and Ofsted. All teachers within Colleges of Further Education are generally industry practitioners with professional teaching qualifications.

Most Foundation Degree courses offered by Colleges have been ‘validated’ by a partner University and therefore have been approved by and are checked for their quality by the awarding University. Certificates issued to students on successful completion of the course that has been ‘validated’ by a partner University will also bare the University stamp. Courses not ‘validated’ by a partner University such as Higher National Diplomas are awarded by Pearson Edexcel and are ‘validated’ and checked for standards of academic quality by a Pearson External Moderator/Examiner.

• Over 175,000 HE students study at a College (larger hidden number)
• Over 60,000 PT students based in colleges
• Over 2m people study HE in the UK.
• Over 40% of all Foundation Degrees based within colleges.
• 70% of CHE students live within 25 miles.
• 8 Universities, 19 Further Education College and 1 University College within the East Midlands run Higher Education courses.