Last year, AccessHE supported the delivery of a summer school as part of the HeppSY+ (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire) HeCan project. This year, working with Heppsy+ as part of their SheCan project, AccessHE will invite a group of 50 white working class girls to London on Thursday 6 June. Intended as an opportunity to build confidence and resilience, the learners will visit the Urdang Academy, before watching the School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre and having a post-theatre dinner. It will be a long day but hopefully one the learners will not forget!
Following on from the success of last year’s programme, AccessHE will be working with Greater Manchester again to deliver a 2 night / 3 day (Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th July) residential summer school in London. It will be for 50 year 12 students from schools/colleges participating in the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in the Greater Manchester area. The students will experience the diversity of London’s HE offer: the young people will stay in real student halls of residence, visit a Central London institution on the first day and outer London institution on the second.
The students will be divided into three subject strands for the duration of the summer school – Digital Media and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Technology – each of which will be delivered in full by an AccessHE member institution. The students will choose their subject strand personally, allowing for the summer school to be truly tailored to their needs and interests.
The students will also experience cultural London life and take a flight in the London Eye, stroll down the Southbank, visit the West End for a show and meal and travel via Tube for the duration of their time in the city. Weather permitting, before heading back to Manchester the students will also have a picnic lunch in a London square before delivering group reflective presentations.
Just like last summer, the students will be given the opportunity to experience the capital city not just as a tourist, visitor, student or resident but all of the above!
AccessHE are currently in discussion with other NCOP consortia concerning summer schools for 2019 and spring and summer schools for 2020. For more information about the AccessHE Summer School programme or to find out how you can get involved please contact Vanessa Baptista (Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org).