AccessHE Team Spotlight – April 2019

Welcome to Team Spotlight – a light-hearted section in our monthly Connect e-bulletin (open to all – subscribe to it here) where you can learn about who we are at AccessHE and what we’ve been up to in the past month.

In April (check out March’s entry here and February’s intro here) our spotlight shone to reveal…

Tanyel: Illness appeared to wipe me out in the early part of this month, but I soon returned to form and got back into the swing of things. Our Mature and Part-Time Students Forum met for the last time this academic year. We heard some interesting updates on Student Finance to be implemented for the next academic year and all about the Lifelong Learning Centre. London can certainly learn a thing or two from up North when it comes to mature learners!

I also stepped in to attend a meeting on behalf of Richard, ran by our colleagues at London Medicine. It was great to engage with and understand the access/success challenges first-hand of Medical students from widening participation backgrounds. I was met by a nice surprise of seeing former colleagues from St. George’s, University of London there! We also recruited our maternity cover Chair for the Creative Forum and look forward to what should be a great meeting next week. Our Care Experienced and Estranged Students Forum will be meeting in a day or two,  for what is looking like a packed agenda! As you can see – things have been quiet over the Easter break (…!) 

Richard: I’ve gone Down Under for a holiday… I’ll be back for next month!

Vanessa: It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m now on holiday! I am delighted to announce that AccessHE Online, an online educational platform, has finally been updated to encourage the collection of learners data for the HEAT database. In other news, we are all set for the summer visit of 50 year 9 girls engaged with HeppSY+, the NCOP in South Yorkshire, on Thursday 6th June. Preparations are also nearly complete for the AccessHE Capital Summer School. This is delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Higher, the NCOP in Greater Manchester. We look forward to working with our HEI delivery partners too: City, University of London; St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Ravensbourne University London!

Team NCOP (Naz, Kay, Barbora): We continue the insightful range of activities from last month! Our AccessHE London NCOP students were lucky to have the opportunity to take part in an exciting variety of workshops, delivered by member universities and partner organisations to provide insight into HE.

One of the workshops that our Year 10 and 12 students took part in was the interactive ‘Knowing your rights; an introduction to law and the legal system’ session delivered by The University of Law. The aim of this session was to encourage students to think about how the law exists to regulate society and what happens when the law is applied incorrectly. The session focused on introducing students to the legal concepts through the discussion of a person’s rights when being stopped and searched, rights at the police station and miscarriages of justice, themes which are quite topical.

Later on in the month, Generation Medics presented an insightful ‘Health career talks’ session. Apart from getting the students to think about their own knowledge of the range of careers within the NHS, the session focused on exploring careers within the health and medicine industry and further opportunities within the growing sector. The eye-opening workshop showcased how many careers there really are, with currently over 300 careers available in the NHS.

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