Summer courses inspire Lincolnshire students to choose higher education
During the summer LiNCHigher supported more than 300 young people to attend 8 different summer schools organised by consortium partners, higher education institutions and a private provider.
The courses held at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, Bishop Burton College near Beverley, the University of Lincoln, the University of Leicester and the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD) in Nottingham were open to students in year 10 and year 12.
Young people from more than 26 Lincolnshire schools took part in the summer courses, of which 4 were residential opportunities.
According to LiNCHigher Project Officer Helen Lee, ‘Summer schools are all about young people building confidence and developing new skills.
‘Leaving their home town and staying away from family can be really daunting for students but it is amazing the sense of achievement at the end of the program.
‘For older students the chance to visit a university campus and trying campus accommodation is helpful for future decision making and gives a real insight into student life.’
Bishop Grosseteste University – year 10 and year 12 residential summer schools
Based on the Lonsdale Road campus in Lincoln, the 3 day, 2 night summer schools for 25 young people concentrated on motivating and raising aspirations. Communication, team work and independence were just some of the skills learnt. In addition to staying in university halls of residence year 10 students were taken to Lincoln College for a tour and took part in interactive workshops.
According to one attendee, ‘I would like to say a big, big thank you for accepting me on this inspirational, awesome and amazing trip! This totally changed my personality and confidence, and I feel as if I could definitely do something like this again.’
Bishop Burton College – year 10 residential summer school
Hosting around 200 students for three days and two nights, the college set students a Dragon’s Den style challenge. Working in teams, students learnt about the source of ingredients, designed and cooked dishes and created packaging and a sales pitch to share with ‘dragons’ at the end of the course.
University of Lincoln – creative summer courses
In July and August the University of Lincoln ran three week-long specialist creative courses - Architecture and Design, Contemporary Dance and Acting and Stage combat. These bespoke summer schools gave students the ultimate creative university experience, showcasing a typical week of a creative arts student.
Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD) Summer School
Year 10 student Jess Reeson from Boston High School travelled to Nottingham for the week long MADD summer school.
She said, ‘The [MADD] teachers are known nationally for their talent and it was inspiring working with such well renowned professionals. Having said this each class was incredibly challenging, energetic and pushed us all to become better performers.
‘I am going to proceed with my ambition to achieve my dance teacher qualifications and use this as a specialism to support my main ambition of becoming a primary teacher. I would like to thank LiNCHigher for their support with the summer school tuition and the opportunities it gave me.’
LiNCHigher Area Engagement Officer for Boston said, ‘It is great to hear that the Summer School was such a positive experience for Jess, particularly in cementing her aspiration to progress towards higher education and to become a primary school teacher. Credit really must go to Jess and her family for making the most of this experience.’
University of Leicester – year 12 residential
Three students from Spalding High School attended the one-night residential organised by Pathways NCOP at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University in July.
According to Area Engagement Officer Maizie Wilson, ‘It was a great opportunity for our students to expand their horizons and visit a university outside of Lincolnshire.
‘We hope to offer more short residential experiences next year and look forward to working collaboratively with other NCOPs to make this happen.’
For more information about summer opportunities in 2019 contact Helen Lee firstname.lastname@example.org