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Internal News - 16 October 2007

Students with disabilities wanted to inspire school pupils

Students with disabilities wanted to inspire school pupils

Students who would like to inspire school pupils to think about going on to university are invited to contact the widening participation team to find out about getting involved in the University’s outreach work.

A variety of roles are currently available, offering full training, excellent rates of pay and valuable work experience.

The team is particularly keen to hear from students with disabilities who would be interested in working as ‘student ambassadors’ on events such as school visits and open days on campus, to answer questions about university life and support the pupils.

Black and ethnic minority students are invited to get in touch about mentoring young people at schools in Wiltshire from similar backgrounds.

In the scheme, which runs from November through to May, students exchange weekly emails with pupils or meet them face-to-face to discuss their schoolwork, options for study after GCSE and answer questions about being at university.

The outreach events are run by Aimhigher, a national programme which aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups. It is run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England with support from the Department for Education and Skills.

For more information please contact Liz Johnson, Aimhigher and Outreach Events Co-ordinator on 4041 or email