We are here to help students access and prepare for Higher Education in West Yorkshire.
Here you’ll find events such as open days, help choosing a course, and tips on application writing. We also provide advice on student finance, living away from home and insight into what to expect from Higher Education.
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The role of teachers, advisors, parents, carers and guardians is crucial in supporting students and potential students to access Higher Education. Whether supporting someone by raising attainment, helping them to make informed choices, or by providing practical information and guidance, Go Higher West Yorkshire can help.
We’ve compiled a list of resources, including lesson plans, videos, links to useful websites, quizzes and other activities, to help support learners’ attainment and aspirations, inform their choices about courses and careers, and to guide them through the application process and other practical issues on their journey to Higher Education.
If you would like to arrange a visit to your school, or require information about an event, contact the Go Higher West Yorkshire team.
One of our aims is to work collaboratively with businesses and employers to help them build a better work force. The journeys started in schools and in our partner institutions do not end at graduation, and our goal is to play our part to ensure that learners are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to meet the needs of a changing economy. We work closely with the Leeds City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) in order to align our outreach activity with the regional skills agenda, and provide students with an understanding of the world of work and a wider context for their studies. Our partners are also collaborating with business in the context of the developing higher level skills agenda, and the Apprenticeship Levy.
The University has been awarded £63,000 from the Go Higher West Yorkshire consortia, part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), to roll out the ‘Ignite’ project which will include a programme for teachers to increase knowledge of STEM curricula, exams, research and graduate skills gap.
Lead on the project, Janet Smith-Harrison, STEM Programme Manager at the University of Bradford said: “We already carry out some fantastic work with schools across the region to encourage more pupils into STEM subjects but with this funding we hope to take it a step further and help equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to lead the way in STEM subjects.
“The funding will enable us to develop partnerships between teachers, academics and employers sharing STEM research, curriculum and skills knowledge. We will also be running networking events and masterclasses to enable teachers to incorporate cutting-edge research into their teaching.”
There is a national shortage of STEM graduates and a deficit of STEM skills within the economy. UKES research (2015) asserts that this shortage is primary in practical skills which are particularly important in the workplace and currently and especially in future jobs.
Janet adds: “Through this project not only do we aim to increase the number of pupils studying STEM subjects at Higher Education but we want them to enjoy and be confident in their choices.”
The Ignite project will run until December 2018 and supports the University’s mission of ‘Making Knowledge Work’. The University has a successful track record in supporting students from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme is funded by the Office for Students and commenced in January 2017. It aims to rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
The University of Bradford is also hosting the Love STEM Festival on Saturday 26 May. The event is organised by Go Higher West Yorkshire and is open to 13-19 year olds who are interested in finding out more about STEM subjects and future job prospects.
The event is free to attend and will run 11am- 3pm. There will be opportunities to meet people who work in STEM industries and those who teach STEM subjects.
Original press release can be found at https://www.bradford.ac.uk/news/2018/stem-grant.php