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Student Progression Team

About the project

  • The Student Progression Team places University of Warwick mentors into local schools to work with small groups of Year 8 and Year 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.
  • With mentors acting as positive role models, Year 8s and 9s are encouraged to consider their skills, challenges, choices, goals and next steps through the sessions.
  • The achievements of all participants are celebrated throughout the project, with everyone invited to visit the University of Warwick at the end of the programme. The scheme is not subject specific, so suits a wide range of students.

More details about the programme are included in the drop-down boxes at the bottom of this page. If you would like any more information or have any questions please contact


    Emily Cannon, Widening Participation Officer

    Mobile: 07876 218091


    Key Facts

    Key information for the programme is contained within this menu. Please open each section to find out more.

    The core aims of the Student Progression Team programme are:

    • To support the aspirations of young people and raise their expectations about what they can achieve in the future.
    • To encourage young people to think about their futures and support them to make informed choices.
    • To support young people to develop their confidence and resilience.
    • To provide a positive experience of higher education.

    We also work with schools to understand the specific needs of pupils so Mentors can tailor sessions appropriately.
    The key stages of the Student Progression Team programme are:

    2-Stage Launch (January 2020)

    • On-Campus Launch: School Coordinators meet their Student Progression Team Mentors at the University of Warwick.
    • In-School Launch: 1 hour programme launch session arranged in school for university staff and Student Progression Team Mentors to meet pupils selected for the scheme.

    Mentoring Sessions (Spring 2020)

    • Mentors deliver a variety of interactive sessions for small groups of Year 8 and Year 9 pupils.
    • Mentors work with the same group of 8 pupils over a 6 week period.
    • These sessions focus on supporting aspirations, raising expectations and building confidence. They are not subject specific, but are tailored to meet the specific needs of the group.

    Campus Visits (Spring 2020)

    • Every pupil is invited to visit the University of Warwick for the day at the end of the programme.
    • We ask schools to bring all pupils involved in the programme to visit on the same day and require them to be accompanied by a teacher.

    Celebration and evaluation

    • Every pupil that completes the scheme is presented with a certificate to recognise their successes on the Student Progression Team programme.
    • All pupils will be asked to complete evaluation forms throughout the project and schools will be provided a summary report to support their Careers Strategy.
    Previous sessions run by Student Progression Team Mentors include:

    • Day in the life of a university student
    • Goal setting
    • Introduction to higher education
    • Study skills and managing your exams
    • Next steps

    Each school involved will be allocated 2 Student Progression Team Mentors. Each Mentor will work with the same group of 8 young people for 6 weeks before the Easter holidays. This will then be followed by a Campus Visit Day at University of Warwick for all 16 pupils from the same school.
    The Student Progression Team currently works with local schools across Coventry and Warwickshire. For your school to be eligible for the Student Progression Team programme, it must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an average of 20% or over of pupils on Free School Meals.
    • Be commutable on public transport and take no more than 1 hour to travel from the University of Warwick.
    • Have a named coordinator at the school who is willing to oversee the scheme.

    School coordinators must also be able to select up to 16 Year 8 or 9 pupils meeting at least one of the following criteria:
    • In receipt of (or eligible for) Free School Meals.
    • In receipt of discretionary means tested payments or eligible for pupil premium.
    • Has caring responsibilities (young carer).
    • Living or has lived in local authority care.
    • Living in a low participation neighbourhood.

    If your school meets these criteria and you would like to be involved with the programme (or if you have any questions), please contact us via to express your interest.
    Applications to be a mentor in 2019/20 are now closed. If you are interested in supporting the Student Progression Team in 2020/21 please contact
      Student Progression Team Mentors work closely with Year 8 and 9 pupils by delivering interactive workshops in schools across Coventry and Warwickshire.

      The Role

      Mentors are integral to the Student Progression Team programme. As a Mentor, you will be asked to:

      • Attend initial training and regular meetings with University Coordinator
      • Travel independently to your school placement
      • Plan and prepare lesson plans and activity resources for in-school sessions
      • Deliver 6 one-hour-long interactive mentoring sessions in-school
      • Engage positively with a small group of students
      • Support end of programme campus visit days in March 2020

      What will I gain?

      The Student Progression Team offers a fantastic opportunity to University of Warwick students to develop their skills and experience. By taking part, Student Progression Team Mentors will have the opportunity to:

      • Be an inspiration to young people
      • Discover your passions and learn more about yourself
      • Work flexible hours around your studies
      • Develop your leadership skills, empathy, resilience, compassion and more
      • Meet new people

      If you are interested and have a question about the programme, please email

        Current Partner Schools

        Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School

        Campion School

        Ernesford Grange Community Academy

        Foxford Community School

        Harris C of E Academy

        Nicholas Chamberlaine School

        North Leamington School

        Sidney Stringer Academy

        Stoke Park School

        Trinity Catholic School

        Westwood Academy

        West Coventry Academy

        Whitley Academy