University of Leicester celebrates opening access to higher education

Posted by ap507 at Nov 14, 2016 10:45 AM |
University partnership with 25 schools and colleges provides opportunities for staff and students

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 November 2016

Photo/interview opps: Media are invited to meet with staff and students from colleges across the Midlands and the University on Thursday 17 November at 6.30pm the King Power Stadium, Leicester

The University of Leicester is celebrating its links with local colleges from across the Midlands and beyond.

The Local to Leicester partnership brings together colleges associated with the University of Leicester both locally and in the West Midlands. The partnership reflects the University’s commitment to educational advancement in Leicester, Leicestershire and beyond.

The Local to Leicester partnership - formerly CULN, the Colleges-University of Leicester Network - was established to transform student access and staff development opportunities in the region. The University also provides scholarships totalling over £20,000 annually across its local partner institutions.

Since its inception well over a decade ago, the partnership has helped to inspire thousands of students, including many from sectors of society traditionally under-represented in FE and HE, to continue their education and training and has also created innovative opportunities for staff development.

The University of Leicester is acknowledged as being among the most socially inclusive of Britain’s leading universities. The establishment of the partnership in 2001 allowed the University to develop a network that brings together the HE and FE sectors, schools, local businesses and communities in order to promote fairer access and progression to HE and FE.

In the first decade alone, nearly 5,000 students participated in CULN activities and nearly 200 staff events took place. Advantages for staff have included mentoring partnerships, discussion forums, discounted courses for staff development, collaboration on projects and research opportunities, and support for teaching in science and other subjects.  

Elliot Newstead, Senior Student Recruitment Officer, said the University would be hosting a celebration event on Thursday 17 November at King Power Stadium for staff from the university as well as from the partner colleges, in addition to former students who had benefitted from the links. The event follows a similar one where the University celebrated links with 17 schools and colleges in London.

Elliot said: “This is a celebration of a great success story that has seen the University of Leicester work with HE and FE colleges to raise aspirations and maximise the opportunities for students and staff to befit from higher education. Leicester is proud of its commitment to widening participation in higher education and events such as these provide us with an opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution that colleagues from across the sector make.”

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For more information, please contact Elliot Newstead on 0116 229 7564.

 

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