The University of Southampton’s Learn with US (Outreach) programme is designed to support students, parents and teachers. We have a range of events and activities to engage and motivate learners who have the potential to enter higher education, but who may not currently be considering it.
Learn with US (Outreach) works in partnership with schools and colleges in Hampshire and surrounding areas to improve academic attainment and intellectual self-confidence, raise aspirations and increase awareness of university education. Academically gifted students are selected to join the Learn with US (Outreach) programme and take part in a series of aspiration raising activities, enabling them to sample a wide range of university subjects.
Our partner schools and colleges meet a number of widening participation indicators. School data sets are compiled in partnership with the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) Service, and sourced from the Department for Education and the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Primary schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are invited to join the programme in Year 6 and the programme continues throughout secondary school and sixth form/college. Schools further afield are able to join the programme in Year 9. To find out if your school or college is eligible to join the Learn with US programme, or to enquire about a school visit – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Years 6, 7 & 8, students will take part in university visits and taster sessions to raise their aspirations and awareness of higher education. From Year 9, students will be chosen to continue on the Learn with US programme to take part in; masterclasses, group projects and transitional workshops, building up to a Graduation from the Learn with US programme in Year 11. Students will have the opportunity to continue working with the university throughout Years 12 & 13 to support their decision making and applications to university.
In addition to events for students, we offer support for teachers, parents and guardians. We understand it is important to provide this advice and guidance to enable the Learn with US programme to be embedded within the school or college, and additional support can be offered in the classroom and at home.
Additional support is available for care leavers and disabled students.
Schools will be invited to send their Year 6 classes to attend a range of workshop/demonstrations delivered on campus by PHD students or academics from at least 4 STEM related subjects. The participants will also hear about University life in general.
Schools will be offered support during the transition period from Year 6 to secondary school. This will take the form of presentations and workshops based around decision making, aspiration raising activities and general information, advice and guidance.
Schools will be offered targeted literacy support for their Year 6 students as part of a collaborative project with Bournemouth University.
Young carers will be invited onto campus during school holidays to take part in aspiration raising activities
Whenever possible, on request, we will offer individual visits to Year 6 classes who are studying a specific project and would benefit from some input from the University of Southampton.
A half day university visit and an introduction to the differences between school, college and university, while exploring the university campus and working with our student ambassadors.
An interactive workshop focusing on raising awareness of higher education by looking at who goes to university and what studying at university looks like.
A one day visit with a carousel of subject taster sessions, for academically gifted students. The taster day offers a range of sessions from different subject areas, to provide a range of new and exciting experiences, and assist students in making their GCSE option choices.
An interactive workshop focusing on the routes into a career using the ‘Career Game’. This session explores career pathways and study options post 16 and 18.
A one day visit during which academically gifted students will explore their own career aspirations and gain a better understanding of the pathways to higher education. At this important transitional point in their education, students will learn about the importance of their GCSE and post 16 choices through interactive sessions on careers and entrepreneurship, subject masterclasses and the chance to deliver a presentation on key transferable skills – competing with other schools to win the day’s competition.
An interactive workshop exploring student’s aspirations for the future, looking at the benefits of studying for a degree and the types of careers a degree can lead to.
Depending on geographical location, schools will be able to take part in one of the following university visits:
A two-day multidisciplinary research project, carried out at the university. Students will be presented with an exciting research theme and a university mentor to take part in this intensive research project, which aims to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of research at university. Students will have to present their research portfolio, poster and oral presentation to a panel of expert judges made up of research and academic staff from the university. Parents will also be invited to see their children’s work and have a talk from university staff on supporting their child’s progression to further and higher education.
A one day multidisciplinary visit to the university. Academically gifted students (15 students) will take part in a conference exploring change and choices. Current university students will share their stories about their own pathways to university and will support students in thinking about their own next steps. Students will take part in a range of subject taster sessions, as well as workshops on student finance, employability and making informed choices.
An interactive workshop focusing on the different types of courses on offer at university and discussing how to choose the best course. This session reinforces the flexibility of a degree by looking at the different careers students could enter. Students will develop their research skills by using the university prospectus.
Students who have participated in the Learn with US programme for two or more years will be invited to a graduation celebration. The graduation is an opportunity to celebrate student success and engagement in the Learn with US programme. We will also be making the students aware of opportunities available to them to continue working with Learn with US in Year 12/13 through summer schools, taster days and lecture programmes.
This event is aimed at the parents/guardians of current Year 11 students to help them support their son or daughter if they are considering university. The evening is designed to provide up-to-date information on topics such as choosing a course, employability and student finance. It will give an overview of the application timeline through college and beyond and will be applicable no matter what university the student applies to.
Either a morning/ afternoon or full day visit including an opportunity to meet and talk to current students and a taster university lecture. This can also include a workshop looking at the next steps through college and university.
This interactive workshop looks at applying to college, the importance of extra-curricular activities and the transition from school to further and higher education. Students will produce an action plan enabling them to think carefully about their next steps after school.
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This interactive workshop focuses on student’s next steps after school. It looks at the UCAS application and personal statement process. We want to highlight the types of additional activities students will need to get involved with during Years 11 and 12 to help enhance their UCAS application.
This programme is offered to students who have participated in the schools programme and/or which meet our widening participation criteria. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities that are academically enriching and confer key skills, as well as providing valuable information, advice and guidance about the university application process. These include:
These interdisciplinary conferences offer a variety of subject specific workshops, based around one central theme, and are facilitated by our post graduate students. The conferences enable students to gain an understanding of the flexible learning options we offer and the access undergraduate students have to active researchers.
This event, which forms part of ‘UNet’, is run in conjunction with Cardiff University, the University of Bath, the University of Oxford and the University of Reading. Participants will take part in workshops run by the participating universities. The workshops and talks focus on personal statements, choosing a course, budgeting and employability. The conference also includes an HE Fair, Student Life Talks, Campus Tours and the opportunity to meet admissions tutors from the five UNet universities.
The Higher Education Advice Evening at the University of Southampton is designed to help parents to support their son or daughter through the university application process. The evening is designed to give general, up-to-date information on topics such as choosing a course, student finance, getting the most from open days and the benefits of Higher Education which will be applicable no matter what university they are thinking of applying to.