Underpinning our work is our commitment to mentor and guide young people with talent and potential, in order to improve their understanding of Higher Education and increase their desire to achieve. I am delighted to report that over 20,000 young people took part in our outreach programme last year.
In September a number of events took place in our partner 6th forms, notably a 2-day leadership and teambuilding event with Samuel Lister Academy. The programme, designed by team members Sean Dirrane and Josh O'Boyle, harnessed technology in an innovative way to create an unforgettable experience for the students taking part.
Our Progression Module ceremonies took place again in November with record numbers in attendance. We held 3 ceremonies for a total of 794 participants. We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray to the event which added greatly to the atmosphere.
December saw the launch of our primary programme kids@uni which will engage twelve local primary schools. A new initiative, Let Leeds Read, supported by honorary doctorate Keith Loudon began in November. The project will work with primary schools in disadvantaged areas to give pupils one-to one reading support from Leeds Metropolitan University students. This comment, from Tim Jones, Year 6 Class Teacher at Middleton Primary School, demonstrates the impact of our work in this area.
"The programme was inspirational to our children last year in raising aspirations and expectations and we would appreciate the opportunity for our current year 6 to experience this too."
Our links with faculties continue to be a key priority for the team. On 6 December we launched the 2013-14 Tomorrow's Professionals initiative. Close to one-hundred Y12 students attended the event, launched to great acclaim by Alex Edwards, Leeds Metropolitan alumnus, who gave an inspiring speech to begin the programme and motivate those taking part.
This promises to be a busy and exciting year for the team with a number of new projects and initiatives. We once again would like to thank our school and college partners, colleagues in faculties and our team of ambassadors for their support for our programmes.
Inder Hunjan MBE
Head of Access and Widening Participation
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Tomorrow's Professionals 2013 - 14 Launch Event
The Tomorrow's Professionals Programme has been developed to identify and engage students who have the potential to progress to Leeds Metropolitan University but are disadvantaged due to socio-economic factors.
Students selected to take part in the scheme meet criteria based on our WP target groups linked to parental background, postcode and potential to progress into HE. The programme is offered to schools across Yorkshire.
The project offers participants the chance to take part in a year-long programme specific to each faculty. Each strand includes a range of subject specific events including workshops, talks and Focus Days.
The highlight of the programme is our four day residential event which will take place from the 9th-12th July. This programme allows participants to gain in depth knowledge of their chosen subject area and gain an authentic student experience by staying within halls of residence with 200 fellow students.
The launch of the programme took place on Friday 6 December. A total of 97 students from schools and colleges attended the event. Leeds Metropolitan University Alumnus Alex Edwards, Convenience Strategy Analyst with Morrisons Plc, provided a confident and inspiring key note address to open the day.
Students were then introduced to the programme and took part in workshops linked to their chosen subject area. A market place event was organised showcasing our range of courses. At this session students were able to talk at length to staff and current students about their options.