New programme launches to help talented young people

Fifty high achieving students and their parents came to the campus for the launch of a new programme for local sixth formers.

On Track to Bath is an initiative of the Widening Participation Office aimed at students with academic potential from groups under-represented in Higher Education.

The launch earlier this month marked the beginning of a two year journey for local A Level students who hope to gain a place at a leading university. 

During the launch students met their coordinating tutors for subjects they are interested in, either Computer Science, Social Sciences and Science. The tutors have been specifically employed to support students through the programme and, working closely with university subject specialists,  have designed tailor-made curriculum master classes to support students with their A Level studies.

Current Bath students who are employed as Outreach Ambassadors by the Widening Participation Office gave guided tours of the campus and were on hand to answer any questions.

In addition to attending the master classes, students on the programme will undertake a research project using the University’s facilities and participate in a residential stay at the University in July next year where they will find out more about university life on campus and take the first step in their transition to Higher Education.

Year 12s will also take part in a 'Choices' conference organised  by an partnership of universities called UNet (Bath, Oxford, Southampton, Cardiff and Reading universities) designed to broaden their understanding of courses available in the region.

In the second year of the programme, the students can take part in further grade-boosting master classes as well as workshops that will improve their university applications and interview technique.

The Widening Participation Office hopes that the programme will be of real benefit to the students involved and that the sustained relationship with the University will provide them with an increased chance of better grades in their A Levels, improved study techniques and ultimately, the skills to succeed in Higher Education.

Annette Hayton Head of Widening Participation said: "We have developed On Track to Bath to make sure that all students with potential have a fair chance to gain a place at a leading university."

Among the young people who attended the event were students from the City Academy, Bristol.

Aisha Thomas, Community Partnerships Manager at the Academy, said: "On Track to Bath offers students from all backgrounds, who show talent and a drive for success, a great opportunity to realise their potential and strive for a brighter future."

On Track to Bath is one of an increasing number of initiatives the Widening Participation Office is offering to local schools and colleges and forms part of the University's on-going commitment to promoting equal access to Higher Education.

This year’s programme is fully subscribed but for more information about this or other widening participation activities, please email Hilary Brummit or call 386587.

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