Outreach@Warwick Spring Schools Newsletter
Read about what the WP & Outreach Team have been delivering in the Spring term here.
Warwick at One Student Sessions
Want to hear from current Warwick students about studying and living at University? You’re in the right place!
Every weekday from 1pm, join our students for a short video filmed by the students, and then have a chat with them in the Live Chat.
For more information and to book visit here.
“Our community is doing its part, but we now need your help to support our student community.”
Warwick has launched an emergency appeal to support students facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. One in four students at Warwick are from a low-income background. From our medical students working on the frontlines of the NHS, to school leavers facing hard decisions about supporting their family or continuing their education at Warwick – you can help our students flourish despite the challenging circumstances.
Find out more and donate today: http://warwick.ac.uk/covid19appeal
UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE: ICUR 2020 is still going ahead and call for abstracts is open
To all Warwick undergraduates:
We at ICUR hope you are keeping safe and well during this difficult and unprecedented time for all of us. We wanted to confirm that the opportunity to present at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research, on the 29-30th September 2020, is still open to you and that the conference, and therefore the current Call for Abstracts, is still going ahead.
The format of the conference may vary depending on the circumstances in each country at the time, but ICUR is a virtual conference at its essence, and we are confident that we can proceed to deliver the conference to a high standard. We encourage you not to miss out on participating.
The deadline for abstract submission of 250 words is 31st May 2020 – we look forward to reading yours!
Past presenters say:
“The best part was the chance to present my research and showcase everything that I had accomplished. It was also a great opportunity to get to present in a formal but friendly environment.”
UPDATE FROM THE WIDENING PARTICIPATION TEAM - COVID-19
Read our latest statement here
Read our latest WP Impact Report
Our latest WP Impact Report for 2018 has just been published. Thank you to the WP Research and Evaluation Team for providing all of the data, and to everyone who has been involved with the programmes, events and activities that we have been able to run. Read it here now.
Our Student Progression Team Launches kick off this week in local schools. The SPT programme places University of Warwick Mentors in schools with small groups of year 8 and 9 pupils. Through a variety of interactive and engaging group sessions, mentors build a rapport with the pupils and support them to aim high and work hard to achieve their future goals.
We hope the sessions go well, and look forward to the next 7 mentoring sessions!
Gradu8 Event Report
This July we welcomed 27 male students from 14 Coventry and Warwickshire schools for our first ever Gradu8 Year 8 Summer School, providing an opportunity to experience university life! Students took part in a variety of academic taster sessions, took part in a range of social activities. They met current university students and stayed overnight in Halls of Residence at the University of Warwick. The students, parents and carers to a Welcome Afternoon prior to the Summer School commencing, allowing everyone to learn about the Gradu8 programme, meet staff and also had the opportunity to take part in activities at the climbing wall at the new University of Warwick Sports Hub.
This year we had a packed timetable beginning with a fun afternoon of team building activities and a scavenger hunt to explore the University of Warwick campus. Students were able to take part in outdoor games activities before enjoying a barbeque and conquering ‘The Cube’, a series of team building challenges. On the second day, the students sampled a variety of new and exciting academic taster sessions, ranging from a ‘Would I lie to you?’ engineering session to exploring ideas of identity through politics to debating Mr B’s Brain through philosophy. Students continued developing their team work and communication skill through a sports session led by the WASPS Rugby community team and in the evening, students enjoyed a pizza night and were able to take part in activities at the Students Union. Day Three began with a food system challenge with Global Sustainable Development and Sustainable Futures with Liberal Arts, allowing students to put their newly developed skills of communication to the test whilst enjoying some new inspiring subjects affecting current issues in the news. The Gradu8 Year 8 Summer School concluded with a graduation celebrating the students fantastic achievements with their parents, carers, families and teachers.
Congratulations to the Gradu8 Class of 2019!
When students were asked what they would say to their friends about their experience they said:
‘It’s so good that I don’t want to go back to school’
‘I have not been to many universities…but I think that this is the best one. There is so, much to do’
When asked to describe their experience in three words, participants said:
‘Fun, exciting, challenging’
‘Fun, intellectually challenging’
‘Very Very Inspirational’
‘Best Thing Ever’
Parent/carers have commented:
“Before he didn’t want to come to uni and he didn’t know what he wanted to do. So, he got two long term things from it. One he knows that he wants to come to uni, and two he knows what he wants to do."
“I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for the opportunity you gave to [student] to come to your summer school. He was so looking forward to going and he absolutely had a fantastic time and took on board all he could. This experience has left him wanting to come back again.”
A teacher has commented:
"I think it is very powerful to actually be at a University…opening up horizons...it is opening up varieties and saying you can do these things."
The Monash Warwick Alliance joined up with Common Purpose, a specialist in cross-boundary leadership programs to launch a Global Leader Experience program in Malaysia this month. The program explored a major world challenge “How do we ensure technological innovation delivers societal as well as economic value in cities” and immersed 47 undergraduates from the two universities into a dynamic international learning experience.
Read more about this exciting opportunity here.
Workshop for Teachers - Using Tinkercad for KS2 and KS3 Design and Technology
PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!
Wednesday 12th June 2019 4pm - 6pm at WMG, University of Warwick
If you would like to attend the workshop, please book your place here.