Alongside our core programmes, we collaborate with institutions to deliver additional access and student success projects to support their priorities. Each project is specific to the needs of the partner and builds on our experience of working with the PhD community to develop key academic skills and self-efficacy to support students accessing and succeeding at university.
We partner to deliver and support university access projects covering three areas:
We also work with schools and multi-academy trusts to deliver one-off university style seminars and tutorials, as part of a wider programme of support.
We are delivering a bespoke Biology Scholars Programme, using our experienced tutors to support young people from less advantaged backgrounds to explore the Natural Sciences course at Cambridge, in collaboration with the Trinity Outreach team.
We have designed and delivered a programme specifically for Key Stage four pupils from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Through PhD tutor led tutorials and a visit to the University of Manchester, they will experience university style learning and find out how to access financial and pastoral support in higher education.
In 2023 we are working with Imperial College, London and King’s College London to deliver three bespoke summer schools for Key Stage five pupils. Pupils will spend one week with an expert PhD tutor, either online or in person, with the opportunity to write a university style assignment and receive feedback.
Our student success work focuses on developing students’ academic self-efficacy and sense of belonging through partnerships with schools, universities and academics. We do this through:
We partnered with The University of Sussex in 2021-2 and 2022-3 to support undergraduate and postgraduate students most at risk of withdrawing from university, or recently returned from a break in their studies. Through 1-1 and 1-2 mentoring from PhD researchers, students developed their study skills and brought specific academic challenges to their mentor to gain support with them
We have partnered with SOAS in 2022 and 2023 to deliver an inclusive teaching workshop to undergraduate students on the Colonial Curricula module. This workshop supported students to design their own teaching material, as part of an end of module assessment.
The academic mentoring programme really helped me be empathetic to myself and gave me confidence in my academic skills. Mentoring really helped me with planning and preparing for my essays and dissertation.
Students very visibly enjoyed the clarity and interactive nature of the session. All the student comments I overheard when people were leaving were full on enthusiasm and positive engagement.
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