Three county universities collaborate to help young people Aspire Higher
Written by Chris Harris on July 2, 2020
Keeping secondary students on track to further their qualifications and achieve career excellence has continued despite the pandemic for one renamed, rebranded but still committed team.
Aspire Higher is the new name for a collaboration between the universities of Northampton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, under the umbrella of the initiative Uni Connect.
Aspire Higher is one of 29 partnerships of universities, colleges and other local partners that offer activities, advice and information on the benefits and realities of going to university or college.
The team have been busy during lockdown to ensure students in the programme are as prepared as possible for their leap into further or higher education and are ready with their first, virtual event.
This will be a live, online ‘transition day’ on 8th July for students who are due to start university this September.
For those interested in coming to UON, the day will include a session by Deputy Vice Chancellor Shan Wareing about what university will be like post-Covid 19 and there will be student vlogs giving their take on preparing for university life, accommodation, budgeting and more.
It will also be a chance for young people to get their questions answered by current university students and by the people delivering each of the sessions.
The day will also include virtual tours of all three campuses and live broadcasts about how clearing and clearing plus will work at this time, how to budget for living at university, how it feels to be a fresher and what support each university offers undergraduates.
There will be a digital skills session and Ahmar Ehsan from Student Finance England will be giving a student loan update and a student wellbeing and motivation session will be delivered by Dr Mike Scanlan.
So far, feedback from across the shires has been uniformly praiseworthy of Aspire Higher’s work.