26th January 2000

 

UNIVERSITIES LINK UP TO RAISE ASPIRATIONS

 

A new initiative supported by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside aims to encourage more talented youngsters in Hull into higher education.

 

‘Achievers in Excellence’, which is to be launched tomorrow (Thursday 27th January) by Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, will connect ULH and the University of Hull with year eight pupils from every secondary school in the city.

 

The scheme will enable 300 youngsters to ‘graduate’ in the summer from a programme of workshops with a conditional offer of a place at one of the city’s universities.

 

Successful attendance at the series of special workshops will give the pupils certificates of competence which they can trade in for the chance to study at university when they leave school.

 

The workshops will seek to raise the pupils’ self-esteem and confidence and improve their motivation, team-building and cognitive skills.

 

The five workshops will be run by Hull teachers at the two universities on Saturday mornings during the spring and summer terms and will culminate with a ‘graduation ceremony’ at Hull City Hall in July.

 

“Our involvement in ‘Achievers in Excellence’ is a natural progression of the work which we already do in Hull to raise the aspirations of the city’s school children,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.

 

“Nationally one in three young people enter higher education, while in Hull the figure is one in ten. As a local university with a strong regional mission we are determined to do our best to rectify that situation.”

 

In its first year the scheme will target the most able ten per cent of year eight pupils in the city, though it is hoped that ultimately ‘Achievers in Excellence’ will be used to boost the success levels of all Hull’s school children.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk