The University of Wolverhampton put pupils from Colton Hills Community School through their promotional paces recently as part of a wider, national scheme to inspire people to enter higher education.
Working with the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO), a Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) scheme, the University aims to encourage more young people into Higher Education. The NNCO brings together universities and further education colleges into local networks to provide coordinated outreach to schools and colleges.
Twenty 16 and 17 year olds, who were chosen because they had expressed an interest in progressing onto university, were tasked with designing and creating a range of advisory resources for teachers, parents and pupils focusing on how parents can support their children, how teachers can encourage and support pupils and how older pupils can support younger pupils – all with the aim of making the transition from GCSEs to HE easier.
The two day event was run in conjunction with video production company, Stones Throw Media, set up by University of Wolverhampton Graduates, Matt Weston and Mike Chinn. In a series of workshops pupils were given hands-on training in filming, editing and animation and were encouraged to explore other marketing activities such as creating posters and leaflets and using other channels to communicate their key messages.
Ian Hart, Head of Access and Outreach at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The NNCO GCSE project’s aim is to find out what’s inspiring people to go on to study at university as there is currently a gap in some areas where pupils are achieving good GCSEs but are not choosing to go onto Higher Education.
“Our workshop activities gave pupils the chance to think creatively about how schools and parents can motivate teenagers and inspire them to study at degree level. Pupils involved got the chance to present their work to a panel with the winning group being presented with Amazon vouchers.”
Alena Dudrah, 16 from Wolverhampton, said: “The experience was really useful for me and I learned a lot of information that I didn’t know through the workshops. It was really exciting getting the chance to make videos and the facilities at the university were brilliant! I’m now considering my options but have more of an idea of what to expect when I do decide which university to choose.”
Matt Weston, Stones Throw Media, said: “As university graduates, we know the importance of working with schools, colleges and universities to inspire pupils to aim higher. It was really useful for our groups to get some practical experience as well as some presentation training – all skills which they will find useful when they move on to the next stage in life. The more that students gain these kinds of experiences in different sectors will have an impact on the types of career that they pursue.”
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Date Issued: 28th November 2016