Excellence Hub: activities to inspire and enrich your students

Students working on Excellence Hub UN model Nov 2013The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber is a regional collaboration between the Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York.  The aim of the programme is to develop exciting and purposeful opportunities for high achieving young people to help enrich their experiences in school and college.

Each year the partner institutions host a variety of subject taster and Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) events, all of which are advertised on the Yorkshire & Humber Excellence Hub website

Previous University of Sheffield events have included an Engineering Day focused on the building and firing of trebuchets (no marshmallows were harmed during the making of these weapons) and a Model United Nations day where students representing Israel and Palestine took a step closer to peace.  We also hosted a Question of Taste where visitors undertook their own bio-engineering experiments in our laboratories on campus.  Students attending have commented on how much they have enjoyed the events and how these activities have helped raise their aspirations towards going to university or pursuing a particular career in the future.

Events through to summer 2014 are currently being advertised and are open to students from across the region who have been identified by their school or college as high achieving.  Priority will be given to students who also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The student is eligible to receive free school meals
  • There is no history of higher education (studying at university level) in the student’s immediate family (excluding siblings)
  • The student is living in, or has experienced a period of time living in, local authority care

If a student does not meet any of the criteria they are still able to apply to attend events, however they will only be allocated a place if the event cannot be filled with students who do meet the above criteria.  The application is explained in detail on the Yorkshire and Humberside Excellence Hub website

For more information about University of Sheffield activities taking place as part of this collaboration please contact Heather Macleod by email on h.macleod@sheffield.ac.uk

For general enquiries about events at other universities please email excellencehub@york.ac.uk