Our programme starts in the summer of Year 10 to raise aspirations, overcome feelings that university is not for state school students, and to boost attainment at GCSE through two residentials and ongoing coaching.
The annual programme starts in the summer and is destined to participants belonging to non-selective state schools in year 10.
Our programme involves three key elements:
Six-day summer residential at a highly-selective university;
Monthly remote coaching;
Three-day Easter GCSE revision weekend.
We raise aspirations, attainment and the likelihood of making a successful application to university by providing an authentic experience of what it is like to be a university student.
Our summer residential
In the Summer of Year 10 students become Universify participants when they attend our six-day summer residential at our partner universities.
Like undergraduates study, the course is not just about studying. Apart from the seminars, a group work project, university FAQ and admissions sessions, evening activities and day excursions provide the chance to explore the university city and experience what life as a student may be like.
An undergraduate experience
We run seminars delivered by academics in subjects they may have studied in order to highlight what the discipline may entail at university-level. In addition, participants will experience subjects they may never have done before, such as Philosophy, Medicine and Economics.
Achieving academic goals through ongoing coaching
Each Universify participant will have their own Universify coach, who is a current or recent university student. Their coach works with their coachee to set goals, outline actions to work towards those goals, and review how they are progressing towards those goals. After the summer programme, participants catch up remotely with their coaches each via video or call, so they can continue to work towards their goals until participants complete their GCSEs and get their results in August.
Preparing for GCSEs with our Easter revision residential
Participants return to their host university in March or April for a three-day Easter revision residential. Over the weekend participants receive eight hours of revision classes in a core subjects focusing on exam technique and course content, and a workshop on exam preparation. Easter is also about looking towards the future after the Universify programme, with sessions from follow-on programmes participants can apply to after Universify and a careers fair to explore the range of opportunities a university degree can off.
What makes our programme different?
Universify’s programme is an ongoing programme that begins earlier in a student’s journey to higher education. We want to become part of the journey into university, complimenting existing programmes for Year 12 students, increasing the duration of support available to students.
Our programme is future focused. We want to maintain participants’ raised aspirations to help them work towards the best GCSE grades possible by highlighting the opportunities available from graduate careers to Year 12 programmes. By looking ahead participants can set goals with their coaches, becoming advocates for their future, and make steps towards achieving their aspirations in education, regardless of their background.
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