Links to a range of opportunities designed to motivate and inspire students outside of the curriculum can be found in the below. These activities are opportunities for those that wish to take part and are not essential for progression onto a university course or a future career route. If you decide to make an application for any of the master classes, taster days or summer schools please make Miss Jackson or Mrs Brennan, Post 16 Managers aware.
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD STAIRCASE 12 – INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS BEGINNING TO THINK ABOUT APPLYING TO THE TOP UNIVERSITIES
OXPLORE – QUESTIONS TO CHALLENGE
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE MYHE+
Resources to explore a subject beyond the A level curriculum, links to other useful websites for this subject and guides to university study in this area.
UNIQ SUMMER SCHOOL
University of Oxford’s Summer School UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students apply for a specific course that aims to give them a realistic view of Oxford student life. UNIQ participants live in an Oxford college/annexe for one week in summer. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford. Students also take part in a variety of social activities in the evenings.
OXFORD UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION YEAR AT LADY MARGARET HALL
The LMH Foundation Year is a one year, fully funded course which takes academically able students from under-represented groups. A combination of academic and personal support enables students to fulfil their academic potential.
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE SUPER CURRICULAR IDEAS
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY SUBJECTMASTERCLASSES
Register your interest to be notified for future events.
OPEN UNIVERSITY RESOURCES
Explore courses available to extend your learning. If you sign up to any of these courses please make the Post 16 Managers aware
UNIVERSITY OF YORK EXCELLENCE HUB
The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humberside runs events for young people to help enrich their experiences in schools and colleges. The Excellence Hub is a regional collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.
SUTTON TRUST UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCHOOL
Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St Andrews, and UCL. The summer schools are a great opportunity for high achieving young people from non-privileged backgrounds in year 12 to get a taste of student life at a research-led university’. All expenses are met by the Trust and participating universities. Further information is available on the Sutton Trust website.
LEEDS UNIVERSITY WIDENING ACCESS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
The WAMS committee is made up of Leeds medical students, supported by the University of Leeds School of Medicine Admissions. The students on the committee and supporting the events know just how hard it is to get into medical school so can offer practical advice and support. The aim is of the committee to give appropriate support to enable potential applicants to make an informed decision regarding medicine as a career pathway, targeting students from a widening participation background.
HULL YORK MEDICAL SCHOOL
Hull York Medical School offer a range of Widening Participation activities for schools and colleges to help raise aspirations, support young people’s choice and encourage progression into medicine and other medical careers.
Headstart had been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE
This is an annual 2-day event held every Easter for Year 12 students. It gives an insight into engineering, a chance to experience first-hand the Loughborough University campus and student accommodation. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a number of different ‘taster events’ within their engineering departments.
NUFFIELD SCIENCE PLACEMENTS
Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, UN universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. Nuffield Research Placements are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield coordinators. More details will be advertised to students throughout the year.
FURTHER MATHS PROGRAMME
Through a range of enrichment and extension events, activities and resources, the FMSP offers students opportunities to apply Mathematics they have learned in the classroom in new and interesting ways, deepening and broadening their understanding and increasing their enjoyment of the subject.
We also support students to engage in a wide range of widening participation schemes, working together with universities and other programmes to help students identify and pursue the Higher Education opportunities that are available to them. Widening participation schemes aim to identify and support the ‘most able, least likely’ to progress to higher education. Our schemes include Realising Opportunities, Reach for Excellence and The Social Mobility Foundation. More information can be found below. These three opportunities will be explained in more detail to students during the Year 12 Induction Week in September.
Realising Opportunities (RO) is an innovative national programme for eligible, talented students at targeted schools and colleges, providing increased access to some of the country’s leading research intensive universities. This is a great opportunity for students to receive high quality support, guidance and information related to applying to some of the top universities in the UK. Upon completion of the programme, students will be eligible to receive up to a two-grade reduction to the 14 top research intensive universities in the country.
The programme includes: a local launch event, skills development, national student conference, experience and support to make an informed choice, online support from current university students and academics, activities and events to attend, university visits, academic assignment/EPQ support from current university Lecturers.
Reach for Excellence
Reach for Excellence (RfE) is the flagship widening participation scheme at the University of Leeds. They have a successful track record in supporting and stretching students with the potential to gain a place at a research intensive university, but who may not have considered (or who may perceive barriers to entry).
The programme includes: focused academic taster sessions, an opportunity to apply for vocational RfE strands with tailored events in Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare, access to a bespoke academic study and research skills programme, “Get Set for Uni” sessions, finance and scholarships advice, UCAS support, RfE summer school – a 5 day residential experience.
Social Mobility Foundation
The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. As well as extending support to students throughout university across 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture), Banking & Finance), Biology & Chemistry, Business, Digital, Engineering, & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine or Politics), they now run programmes to support young people wherever they live in the UK.
The programme includes: mentoring by a professional via email, tailored skills sessions and career workshops, UCAS support and guidance, internships with top employers.