For ten years, the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) has been running an annual autism summer school for students thinking about going to university.
We have now developed this support, extending it to people who have just completed their GCSEs, and those starting university.
Working with Bath's Student Services and Widening Participation teams, we are now offering an integrated and comprehensive series of summer schools to support autistic young people thinking of going to university.
There are now four summer schools.
Year 11: Autism Summer School
This is for autistic students who have completed their GCSEs (or equivalent) and are thinking of the next academic step.
The Autism Summer School is residential and explores autistic strengths and challenges for autistic students who will be taking their A-levels (or equivalent) on their journey to university.
Year 12: Subject-Specific Summer School
This is for all A-level (or equivalent) students thinking of going to the University of Bath.
These summer schools focus on specific university subjects (such as Engineering) and are open to current Year 12 students.
Year 13: University Transition Autism School (UTAS)
September - December 2023
This is for autistic students who are going to any UK university in the coming autumn.
Two sessions (in-person and online) will provide resources and support to autistic students during their first term at university.
Year 13: Beginning at Bath
This is a transition event for students starting at the University of Bath who identify as autistic.
It is a two-day event, normally taking place 2-3 weeks before the university term starts. It's designed to introduce students to the campus and university life, help them get to know other students, meet key members of staff, and help to develop essential study skills.