Traditionally, the term “widening participation” refers to raising the aspirations and attainment of people from backgrounds that are under-represented at university. The government are working with universities to ensure that there are opportunities and programmes to promote wider participation from underrepresented groups. Most universities have guidance on their individual programmes via their websites and we advise all students to look into what potential university choices could offer.
At St Joseph’s we believe it is hugely important to raise the aspirations and ambitions of all of our students. Whilst we promote a range opportunities to enhance student opportunity through the #DREAMBig programme, on this page you will find opportunities for enhanced support with attending university.
The Social Mobility Foundation – The Aspiring Professionals Programme
The Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring Professionals Programme offers potential students support with professional mentoring (either as a 5 day week long residential or online support).
The programme includes.
1. Mentoring by a professional via email
2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
3. University application support and guidance
4. Internships with top employers
The following video explains a bit more about the programme: https://vimeo.com/112278822
The application deadline is Wednesday 18th December 2019. The next application process will start the following September 2020 and therefore students who missed the deadline in Year 12 (and 11) and apply for the next intake.
The Sutton Trust Summer School
The applications for the Sutton Trust Summer School programme is about to open on the 8th of January. The programme gives you a chance to:
1. Experience university life – a week long residential
2. Explore one of 40 subjects at 13 leading institutions
3. Meet new people
4. Develop essential life skills
5. Receive applications support
6. Join the alumni platform
All costs for the week, including the cost of travel, accommodation and food is covered by the Sutton Trust and our partner universities.
This video explains the programme in a bit more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMWnw9m4uwA&feature=youtu.be
In short, you have the opportunity to study your chosen subject, for a week at a top university which will help you inform your decision. There is space on the UCAS form for you to specify if you have attended a Sutton Trust UK Summer School or any other university programme. Some universities will give preference or reduced offers to students who have attended summer schools however this is not the case for all universities. We also stress that this should not be a determining factor for you to attend a Sutton Trust Summer School. Your motivations for attending should be aligned with the aims and objectives of the programme.
The application deadline is Tuesday 3rd March 2020. The next application process will start the following January 2021 and therefore current Year 11 students should make note of this opportunity.