Flying start for partnership project
Heads Up is a pilot partnership project for 50 local pupils in year 10. Over a period of two years, they will be involved in a range of events and activities designed to encourage ambition, aspiration and a positive view of higher education.
The pupils from across the Sheffield City-Region have been identified by the five pilot schools as having the ability to progress to higher education but are facing barriers as a result of disadvantaged backgrounds.
Through the collaborative programme of activities jointly provided by University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and HEPP (the Higher Education Progression Partnership), pupils will receive a much more diverse input than each provider can deliver on their own. They will receive regular visits from student ambassador/mentors to maintain their engagement and to support their progress and achievement.
The Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit at the University of Sheffield is tracking their progress and evaluating the outcomes.
The pupils came on their first visit to the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 11th February. This careers event included a tour of the campus, and, most importantly, a visit to the students’ union café! They also met a University Careers Adviser who encouraged the pupils to think about the value of a degree and how it links to different careers to inspire them to aim higher.
Pupils also had the opportunity to interview members of the Heads Up student crew who are currently studying at the University of Sheffield. Afterwards the pupils commented: "I wasn't really sure about going to university. My views have changed. I feel more confident about going to university and can't wait to get here. You don't have to pay anything until you earn £21,000 or more."