10th February 2000




Over 300 of Hull’s brightest schools pupils were on campus at the city’s two universities in February for their first ‘Achievers in Excellence’ session.


The new scheme, which was launched by Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, aims to encourage more talented youngsters in Hull into higher education.


The scheme will enable year eight pupils from every secondary school in the city to attend a series of monthly workshops and then ‘graduate’ in the summer with a conditional offer of a place at one of the city’s universities.


Derek Crothall, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, and Prof Graham Chesters, Director of the Institute for Learning at the University of Hull, will welcome the pupils at 10am on Saturday at the University of Hull’s Middleton Hall.


The youngsters will then spend the morning at the two campuses on Cottingham Road developing key skills such as communication and problem solving.


The programme of workshops to be run by Hull teachers will continue throughout the spring and summer terms before culminating in a ‘graduation ceremony’ at Hull City Hall in July.


“This is the first of many sessions which we hope will help to raise the aspirations of Hull’s school children,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“In its first year the scheme is concentrating on year eight pupils, but in the future we hope that ‘Achievers in Excellence’ will be a catalyst for boosting the success levels of all Hull’s school children.”


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042