heppSY+ update

The Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire (HeppSY+) is a collaborative project between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and South Yorkshire colleges. It aims to improve rates of progression to Higher Education of young people who live within 45 target wards in the local area. Statistics have shown that young people in these wards are less likely to progress to Higher Education, despite their pre GCSE and GCSE achievements.

HeppSY+ is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), funded by HEFCE.

HeppSY+ recently funded a construction summer school which aimed to provide inspiration and awareness of HE for Year 12 students from target wards. The four-day summer school included workshops delivered by The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University on varied disciplines, including blast protection and real estate and design, and also involved a project for students to undertake and present. This project was then reviewed by industry experts, who awarded the students on their efforts.

The students also had opportunities to socialise during evenings and gain an insight into University life in the form of tours, quizzes and film nights.

As part of its commitment to HeppSY+, the University of Sheffield offers Year 9 to Year 13 students from target wards the opportunity to participate in Discovery Days. These are visits to the University in which students can improve their awareness of HE and engage in workshops designed to inspire and empower students. These workshops are diverse and include advice on: applying to university, student finance, study skills, subject taster sessions and more. There are also opportunities to explore the University campus and ask student ambassadors questions about University life.

If you would like to find out more about Discovery Days visit our University of Sheffield Outreach webpages.