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.
The journey started in schools, colleges and universities, doesn’t end at graduation.
Exposure to the world of work is key to developing employability skills and securing a job.
That’s why we work collaboratively with employers and industry experts, supporting our partners to equip their students for the changing economy.
The University of Huddersfield, one of GHWY’s 12 partners, has been involved in an award-winning project to support the transition and retention of new students.
‘Intervention for Success’ – a collaboration between the Universities of Huddersfield, Lincoln, Coventry and Manchester Metropolitan that is supported by the OfS’s Catalyst fund – scooped both the Guardian HE Award for Curriculum and Course Design 2018, and the Social Justice Prize at the 2018 SCUTREA conference.
Grappling with the national challenges of retention, differential degree classifications and employment outcomes for UK students from socially diverse backgrounds – as well as the dissatisfaction UK students report with teaching, curriculum and support in HEIs (NUS 2011) – the project developed and delivered an intense, subject-specific and participative programme from 9am – 5pm, over five days.
Activities included guest speakers, visits to local art galleries, study sessions supervised by Graduate Teaching Assistants, student-led exhibitions and presentations, a nutrition bake-off event, fake news activities, video diaries, film clubs, campus orienteering and lots more.
Students particularly relished meeting successful alumni, expanding their understanding of the opportunities available to them on graduation. Raising both aspiration and motivation to study, this helped students to begin to plan their own career development from the outset.
Participation in the programme meant that students knew who to go to for help, were encouraged to access this and came to realise that they are not alone in facing the significant challenges ahead. It allowed earlier identification of risk factors such as attendance, commitment and study skills.
Flying Start students, particularly males, scored significantly higher than others for relationship formation, confidence and a sense of belonging. The project has now upscaled significantly, from eight courses participating in 2017 to 36 courses participating in 2018.
Tutors also noted a dramatic difference in students’ levels of confidence compared with previous years, and that students were much more likely than previous cohorts to ask for help, to contribute in group sessions and to engage in critically reflective activities.
The University of Huddersfield is currently developing a guide to implementation and planning a webinar hosted by Advance HE for anyone interested in finding out more and welcome questions from interested parties.