Vision for the future
Students from around the Black Country have been invited
to take part in an inspirational day at the University of
There are 500 places available for 13 and 14 year olds in
Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell to attend the annual
The event on Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 January 2010 is
organised by the University and Aimhigher Black Country.
The conference will start with a lively production by Impact
Theatre, followed by Positively Mad who will show the students some
mind mapping tools to help them with their revision.
Interactive workshops run by University staff, covering a range
of different topics from understanding Film to Dance workshops will
be held throughout the day.
Natalie Latham, Schools Co-ordinator for Aimhigher, said “The
Vision Conference is a fantastic opportunity for what is most
probably many young peoples’ first experience of university. The
conference is designed to portray higher education as a realistic,
worthwhile and enjoyable option for all students.”
Melanie Brown, HE Awareness Officer for Schools and Colleges
Liaison at the University, said: “The Vision Conference offers
young people in the Black Country a glimpse at university in a way
that is positive and enjoyable. As a result, we hope that many of
those who attend will see going to university as something that is
real and achievable.”
It is the seventh year of collaboration as part of Aimhigher, a
national government programme to raise the aspirations of young
people who are capable of attending university but may not have
considered it as a real option.
Notes to editors
The conference is part of a wider programme of activities,
including residential visits to universities and informative
guidance about university for young people in the Black Country
organised by Aimhigher.
Schools and Colleges Liaison work with local schools and
colleges to inform students about the pathways and benefits of
going to university, through visits to the University and workshops
on courses, UCAS and student finance. Raising awareness of
university and student aspirations to achieve is central to their
For more information please contact Vickie Warren in the Media
Relations Office on 01902 322736
Date Issued: Tuesday, 12 January 2010