The University is committed to helping Looked After Children and Care Leavers experience higher education. As part of this commitment, we offer the Aspire2Uni programme which is an incremental programme spanning the whole of secondary school and sixth form, aiming to engage students from Years 7-13. Over the course of the programme, we deliver a series of events and initiatives designed to raise aspirations, break down barriers and inform progression to higher education.
A dedicated mentor is provided for the programme’s young people and the Virtual Schools, working in partnership with us, provide any academic support required to aid progression. We also work alongside the Creating Chances Trust, which raises funds, accesses high quality work placements, sources potential employment opportunities and finds professional role models for the young people.
In addition to this programme, the University organises a series of higher education awareness days for all pre and post-16 pupils and for the influencers of Looked After Children such as Carers, designated teachers and other professionals. We can also offer one-to-one application support and advice, or arrange any bespoke provision you require.
For further information, please contact Natalie Latham, Outreach and Progression Coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on: 01902 322015.