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Student tutor Rebecca Lloyd running a Year 7 science club at St Mark's School
Student tutor Rebecca Lloyd running a Year 7 science club at St Mark's School

Internal News - 26 September 2007

Student vacancies: help to widen participation

Students who would like to be employed to encourage and inspire primary and secondary school pupils are invited to get involved with the University’s outreach programme.

The widening participation team is now recruiting students for outreach activities throughout the new school year, to help pupils reach their full potential and aim for higher education.

Students can work as mentors or tutors with individual children and classes, or become ‘student ambassadors’ at events such as: school visits, open days, summer schools, subject taster sessions, and higher education awareness events.

“Students can sign up for as much or as little as they want to commit to,” said Liz Andrews, Outreach Events Coordinator at the University. “Their role is to share their own experience of higher education and to give pupils guidance and support in their studies.

“Practically, this ranges from weekly emails to school pupils, to one-to-one coaching sessions, to helping out in a classroom, or running an after-school club.

“We provide full training and all the roles have excellent rates of pay, plus the chance to add valuable work experience to your CV.

“Anyone can apply for a position but students must have a good understanding of the British school system and excellent English.

“Most of the schools that we work with are outside of Bath city centre but we do pay travel expenses.”

Kyle Laskey tutored Year 10 students at Swindon College during his second year and found the experience really worthwhile.

"The pupils have made real progress in their work this year and it's been very satisfying to contribute to that," said Mr Laskey. "They are also now more aware of further education and feel more confident that they can go one day.

"Many pupils believe they are not smart or good enough to go, and I think I helped them to overcome this."

To find out more about getting involved please contact Liz Andrews on 3507 or email E.Andrews@bath.ac.uk

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