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Post Category: Widening Participation

Below is a list of all posts in the category Widening Participation.

Celebrating the Summer School

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The ninth annual Adult Learner Summer School took place earlier this month during which 36 adults from communities across the city and beyond came to the University of Leeds to find out about routes to higher education. Attendees took part in three days of subject tasters and explored some academic and critical thinking skills for university. The group heard some of the diverse learning journeys of our students, quizzed University staff about the costs and benefits of university and enjoyed a ‘campus bingo’ tour using iPads to capture their personal perspectives of the campus. Learners’ feedback focused on how the summer...

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Widening Participation

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An excellent service

Thursday, 11 May 2017

I love my job. Yes, I am one of the lucky people who gets to say that. I have worked at the LLC for nearly five years and have watched the Centre grow dramatically in that time. I have seen people come and go, new projects started or old ones improved. One thing has not changed however - all of the staff here have the same values and are working towards the same goal, namely that of raising the aspirations of under-represented groups and giving individuals from these sorts of backgrounds a chance of coming to university. I am therefore...

Categories: Achievements, Blogging, Student Experience, Supporting Students, Widening Participation

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Onwards and upwards

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

My name is Muhammad Saleem (above far left) and I am 46 years old. I am married, have three children and I am self-employed. I came from Pakistan, English is not my first language and without formal qualifications in UK it seemed impossible to fulfil my dream of studying at university. However, the part-time Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies offered by the Lifelong Learning Centre was ideal for me in that I only had to attend the University for one day each week. The flexibility of the course suited me very well;...

Categories: Achievements, Arabic, Blogging, Mature Students, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Part-Time Students, Student Experience, Student Parents, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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New study assessing outreach work with adults

Friday, 21 October 2016

The University of Leeds is to take part in a new research project to determine the best ways universities can reach out to mature learners, particularly those in under-represented groups.

The six-month project, commissioned by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), will address a critical gap in Widening Participation policy: sector understanding of outreach aimed at adults rather than school pupils, and looking at groups currently under-represented in higher education. We will be working in conjunction with The Open University, the University of Bristol and Birkbeck, University of London, to produce a series of case...

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Part-Time Students, Widening Participation

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Moving on…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The following is a guest post by Fi McClelland, a mature student who was one of the first cohort to graduate from our Professional Studies degree following its introduction in September 2013. The day of the graduation in July 2016 made me realise just how far I had progressed throughout my academic career, and I felt a real sense of personal triumph and accomplishment. Undeniably it was hard work, however to be awarded a 1:1 classification really made the whole experience and journey so incredibly worthwhile. Throughout my time at Leeds I have not only enhanced my academic knowledge and...

Categories: Achievements, Mature Students, Professional Studies, Student Experience, Student Voices, Widening Participation

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