University of Leicester celebrates summer school students

Posted by ap507 at Jun 29, 2016 02:16 PM |
Widening participation programme provides local and national school students with essential study and personal skills

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 29 June 2016

Image from the summer school finale available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/00zkz743i4klx4f/AABaPx8eAZk5zJTr1TQXGMPEa?dl=0

More than 65 students from Leicestershire and beyond are attending a four-day summer school programme at the University of Leicester which reaches its finale today (Wednesday 29 June).

The ‘equipped 2 succeed’ residential summer school for Year 12 students is designed to help participants develop the essential study and personal skills needed to be successful in their future education and careers.

The students are staying in the University’s halls of residence and are attending daily workshops led by educational social enterprise Second Chance Learning Academy. The programme has been designed to give students who are interested in studying at the University, but whose personal circumstances may have affected their ability to reach their full academic potential, a taste of university life.

Through an engaging and interactive team challenge, the students have been tasked to profile a number of people who have achieved success in their fields of endeavour. They were asked to look at the attitudes, thinking and behaviours which have helped their selected people to be so successful and to identify some of these skills in their own personal profiles.

A previous summer school attendee said: “The University of Leicester’s summer school was an amazing experience. I think everyone deserves the chance to have an opportunity like this to find out about university life and to work with such amazing mentors. Thank you to everyone who helped to organise it.”

On Wednesday (today), the students are showcasing their work at a finale fair at the University. Staff and current university students have been invited to attend and cast their vote as to which team they think delivers the best pitch and information stand, helping us choose the overall winning team.

There will be team awards for Teamwork, Creative Thinking and Innovation, Marketing and Sales, Presentation and Communication and prizes for outstanding individuals as well as the overall winning team.

Senior Widening Participation Officer at the University and summer school organiser Andy Johnson explained: “The University of Leicester is one of the most inclusive of the top UK universities and is dedicated to increasing the higher education opportunities available to students from our local communities. We want to ensure that all talented young people are given the chance to excel, regardless of circumstance.

“Over the course of this summer school we’ll be enabling these students to understand the attitudes, thinking and behaviours of success, and to identify these traits within themselves. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of their team challenge work at our equipped 2 succeed finale. I do hope that everyone has enjoyed their visit with us and we wish them all the best with their future success.”

The University is proud of its commitment to widening participation and this annual event forms part of our Leicester Enhanced Access Programme (LEAP) and Realising Opportunities Programme (ROP).

LEAP was established to engage talented Year 12 students from across the East Midlands with an interest in studying at the University of Leicester but whose personal circumstances may have affected their ability to reach their full academic potential.

ROP is a unique collaboration between 15 leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups underrepresented in higher education.

More than 500 local schoolchildren have taken part in the programmes since they began and have received support from the University in areas including independent learning, team working, academic research and writing, university admissions processes and careers planning, as well as further developing key personal skills, self-confidence and a positive mental attitude.

Beverley Burton, author of ‘equipped 2 succeed’ who developed the summer school programme alongside the University, added: “It’s all about young people recognising and developing those essential characteristics that make the difference in those who succeed in any field of endeavour. It’s inspiring and humbling to see how young people grow and develop as they build their understanding, confidence and skills.”

Following the summer school, the University will continue to work with the students as part of the initiative. Future activities will include career development days to help support their career plans, help with university applications and support for personal statements.

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Notes to Newsdesk:

For more information about the summer school, please contact Andy Johnson, Senior Widening Participation Officer via jaj5@le.ac.uk

 

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