University of Hertfordshire Outreach

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Outreach

University of Hertfordshire Outreach

Outreach and Widening Participation

Summer SchoolThe Outreach and Widening Participation department is very proud of its achievements in raising aspirations and attainment in school students across Hertfordshire.

Our work with schools across the county falls into four categories:

  • Schools which have been identified as having low progression to Higher Education. Typically, these schools have high numbers of students receiving free school meals and whose families have no history of attending university. Most of these schools received support under the Aimhigher scheme before it closed in 2011 and are now known as Widening Participation Schools.
  • Schools which have entered into a partnership or cooperative agreement with the University.
  • Schools which the University has been involved in establishing, such as the Hatfield Community Free School and the Elstree University Technical College.
  • Primary schools.

For all of our outreach work, priority is given to those who have been in care. We also support care leavers during their time at the University. The support the different schools receive varies according to their particular needs.

Please see the Widening Participation Schools activities page for an overview of the standard activities on offer. We are also happy to develop bespoke talks and workshops when requested.

More information

Please contact:
Emma Greening
tel +44 (0)1707 289391

Outreach events

In addition to the Widening Participation Schools talks and workshops at your school, we hold a number of events at the University each year.

We will be sending out more details of these opportunities closer to the time but please look out for the following events:

Teachers’ information conference

Updates  school sixth form staff on the changes to the student finance system and  advises on effective strategies for writing UCAS form references,  guiding students through their personal statements and how to complete  apprenticeship applications.

Autumn School (October half-term)

Intensive tuition for Year 11 students who are on the C/D borderline in either Maths or English GCSE. Students spend three days on to the University campus receiving subject specific coaching.

Sixth formers from their schools are also with us during Autumn School to be trained as mentors who will continue to support the Year 11s as they approach their GCSEs. Many of these students will have attended Summer Schools previously so this will be an opportunity to develop their existing knowledge of university.

Spring Forward (Easter holiday)

Intensive tuition for Year 12 students who are resitting either Maths or English GCSE. Students spend three days on to the University campus receiving subject specific coaching. Many of these students will have attended Summer Schools previously so this will be an opportunity to develop their existing knowledge of university.

Summer Schools

Opportunity for young people to get a taste of what university is  really like and challenge their misconceptions. School students will get  the chance to spend a night in the University Halls of Residence and  attend lectures to demonstrate the wide range of subjects that  university has to offer.

This year, the University will be offering Summer Schools to Years 10 and 7 as well as a group of young people who have grown up in the care system. If you are aware of students at your  school who are within the care system, please contact Frances Blurton

School and College Liaison

We offer advice and support to schools and colleges on higher education and access to the University of Hertfordshire.

Contact the School and College Liaison team to find out more.

Contact Outreach and Widening Participation Department

+44 (0)1707 289391