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New Activities Available!

01/12/2015

College Higher Education and Disability Activities

We are excited to announce two new activities for schools and colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire. Please find full details below.

  1. Is University the only way of attaining a degree?

This is an opportunity to let your students know about alternative routes to gaining a degree.

Local College Higher Education [CHE] providers have for a number of years successfully offered degree and higher apprenticeship programmes to young and mature students. However, not many people are aware of the offer and what the benefits of studying for a degree or higher apprenticeship in a College environment entails.

Through the REACH Partnership the 5 local city and county colleges have collaborated to promote the value of their Higher Education programmes that will certainly be beneficial to some of your students.

This is an opportunity to open doors to your students and provide them with an insight into CHE. The types of inputs on offer include:

  • Presentations at school & college assemblies
  • Inputs for smaller groups such as tutorial sessions and opt in lunch time briefings
  • Evening events for students and parents

Please contact Kath Johnson on Kathryn.Reach1@gmail.com to book one of these inputs or for an informal discussion about how the CHE offer can be included in your wider CEIAG and WP offer.

2. Support for students with disabilities in HE

The Reach WP Partnership is particularly keen to promote HE to young people with disabilities. This group of young people is currently under-represented in HE and the Partnership is determined to make every effort to raise awareness of the opportunities available to young people with disabilities.

Leanne Herbert, [Disability Officer at De Montfort University] has been appointed to lead on this strand of the Partnership’s work. Leanne is keen to develop links with local schools and colleges to promote the offer. This offer includes:

  • Inputs for groups of students and staff offering practical advice and guidance about support available for study in HE including issues around disability disclosure.
  • Support for individual students and their parents/carers considering HE but wanting to discuss issues of interest and concern.

In addition to the above, Leanne has particular expertise and experience in supporting young people with mental health issues. This includes the offer of a “Mental Health Roadshow – Stamp out Stigma” input which includes an activity with students that facilitates discussion about mental health issues and well being.

If you are interested in following up on this offer please contact Leanne on lherbert@dmu.ac.uk