3rd January 2001




Four hundred Hull schoolchildren and their parents will pack Hull City Hall later this month for the launch of Achievers in Excellence 2001.


The scheme, which is now in its second year, involves both the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and the University of Hull and aims to encourage more talented youngsters in Hull into higher education.


The brainchild of Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, Achievers in Excellence enables 300 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.


Successful attendance at the workshops also gives 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.


They 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.


Hull FC coach Shaun McRae will be the guest speaker at the launch event, which will take place at 7pm at City Hall on Tuesday 16th January 2001.


Achievers in Excellence was a notable success last year and we are pleased and proud to be associated with the scheme this year,” commented Jez Ashberry, a spokesman for the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


“Together with our colleagues at Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and the University of Hull we are determined to show that there is another more positive side to education in Hull which deserves recognition.”



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

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042                                                email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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