Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Student Progression Team

SPT banner

About the programme

The Student Progression Team is an innovative partnership placing current University of Warwick students into local schools and colleges to work with Year 9 and 10 pupils. The students work with a small group of school pupils to deliver a variety of interactive and engaging activities during term-time.

The Student Progression Team is an aspiration-raising mentoring programme, aiming to inspire young people to think about their future. University of Warwick students act as role models for Higher Education, providing a unique opportunity for school pupils to gain an insight into the next key stages of education. The programme works specifically with groups of pupils with the potential to progress to Higher Education, who may not be from a background that traditionally move on to university.


Victoria Hill

Outreach Officer (Student Progression Team)

Phone: 02476 151593


Key Facts

The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

The Student Progression Team has worked with over 1500 school pupils, increasing their confidence and knowledge to support them in making an informed decision about their options for the future. In addition to experiencing a variety of in-school mentoring activities, the programme culminates in a visit to Warwick campus, allowing pupils to explore the university and sample a range of taster sessions.

      Two-stage project launch introducing the programme to schools and Ambassadors

      Ambassador Launch: School co-ordinators to meet their Student Ambassadors at the University of Warwick.

      In-School Launch: 1 hour programme launch session arranged in school for university staff and Student Progression Team Ambassadors to meet pupils selected for the scheme.


          Variety of interactive sessions delivered by Ambassadors in school for year 9 and 10. Ambassadors work with the same group of eight pupils over a 6-8 week period. Student Progression Team activities are aspiration raising (not subject specific) and tailored to meet the needs of the group.

            Campus Visits

              Every pupil is invited to a visit day at the University of Warwick, allowing them to explore the campus and participate in a variety of university taster sessions. School to bring all pupils involved in the programme to the same visit day accompanied by a teacher.

                End of Programme

                  Every pupil that completes the scheme is presented with a certificate to recognise their success on the Student Progression Team programme. All pupils will be asked to complete an end-of-programme survey.

                  Sessions run by Student Progression Team Ambassadors can 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 or college hosts two Student Progression Team Ambassadors and each ambassador will work with the same group of eight young people for 6 to 8 weeks before the Easter holidays. This is then 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 or college 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 one hour to travel from University of Warwick campus.
                          • Be able to have a named coordinator at the school/college willing to oversee the scheme.
                            School co-ordinators must also be able to select up to 16 Year 9 or 10 pupils meeting at least one of the following criteria:
                              • First in the family to consider Higher Education.
                              • In receipt of (or eligible for) Free School Meals.
                              • In receipt of discretionary means tested payments or eligible for pupil premium.
                              • Living or having lived in local authority care.
                                If your school or college meet these criteria and you would like to be involved with the programme, please contact us via email to express your interest.
                                Applications for the 2018/19 scheme are now closed.

                                Student Progression Team Ambassadors work closely with Year 9 and 10 pupils by delivering interactive workshops in schools across Coventry and Warwickshire. If you are a current University of Warwick student please find more information below and visit our webpage for further details.
                                  The Role
                                    • Attend an in-school launch event to find out more about the school and meet the pupils
                                    • Plan and deliver six to eight hour-long mentoring sessions in a local school
                                    • Work with the same group of pupils, building their confidence and knowledge
                                    • Support an end-of-programme campus visit day.
                                      What will I gain?
                                        • Develop key transferable skills in leadership, communication and planning
                                        • Confidence in presenting information to a small group
                                        • Valuable experience in working with young people and classroom management skills
                                        • Share your university experience to inspire pupils across Coventry and Warwickshire
                                        • Enhance your CV
                                          Key Dates for 2018-19
                                            Applications Open: Wednesday 26th September 2018
                                            Applications Close: Wednesday 24th October 2018
                                            Selection Event: Wednesday 7th November 2018 (3.00pm - 7.00pm)
                                            Training: Tuesday 20th November 2018 (6.00pm - 7.30pm) and Saturday 1st December 2018 (Full Day)
                                            Launch Event: Wednesday 9th January 2019
                                              If you are a current University of Warwick student interested in applying to be a Student Progression Team Ambassador email to register your interest. Please note applications are now closed for 2018/19.
                                              Coming soon

                                              Current Partner Schools

                                              • Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School

                                              • Campion School

                                              • Ernesford Grange Community Academy

                                              • Foxford School and Community Arts College

                                              • Harris C of E Academy

                                              • Nicholas Chamberlaine School

                                              • North Leamington School

                                              • Sidney Stringer Academy

                                              • Stoke Park School and Community Technology College

                                              • Trinity Catholic School

                                              • West Coventry Academy

                                              • Westwood Academy

                                              • Whitley Academy