GM Higher, Greater Manchester Higher, Widening participation, Social mobility, Outreach

Aiming Higher Together

Targeted learners programme 2018-19

Available for All Schools

To check whether your school is a NCOP school, please use our school search tool.

We work with under-represented groups in HE including care-experienced young people, disabled students, young carers and estranged students. Schools are encouraged to include these students in all of our activities; however, we have also developed an exciting programme of activities specifically for targeted learners.

You can enquire about any of our targeted learners events by contacting the event leads.

Young Carers Day event

Thursday 31st January 2019- The University of Salford

Many young carers aspire to attend university but the caring responsibilities they have can seem like a barrier to higher education. This one day event will give young carers an insight into what studying at university is like, an opportunity to find out more about the support available during their higher education journey and a chance to hear from young carers who are currently studying in higher education.

Young people from a care background

Success4Life project  Y8 – 10

Duration: 10 weeks

This programme brings together looked-after young people to take part in interactive sessions to develop their confidence, key skills and raise their awareness of HE.

This programme is delivered at The University of Manchester throughout the autumn term for Y8-9 learners and at The University of Salford during the spring/summer term for Y9-10 learners. We also deliver condensed versions of the programme in a venue within target local authorities. The programme ends with a graduation to mark the students’ success.

Success4Life project  Y8 – 10

 

The University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715
The University of Salford Carl Gleeson c.gleeson@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 8181
The University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819

 

‘HE for me’ (presentation or workshop)

Session: 20 mins presentation, 45 mins workshop

Developed in conjunction with care-experienced young people, this presentation or workshop gives a general overview of HE, as well as specific information about the support available and can be delivered in a venue of your choice.

HE for me’ (presentation or workshop) The University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715
MMU Ivan Hay I.Hay@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 5483
University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819
University of Salford Arron Pile A.Pile@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 0023

 

Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards

18 October 2018

Hosted at the Royal Northern College of Music in conjunction with the Greater Manchester local authorities, the annual Care Leaver Awards celebrates and rewards the achievements and successes of Care Leavers from across Greater Manchester.

Nominations are open from July and close on 14 September 2018.

More information: gmhigher.ac.uk/events/gmcl2018/

Step up to Uni  Y11 – 13

25 April 2019

This event is a VIP Open Day hosted by the University of Salford for young people who are care-experienced and considering applying to university. It aims to increase their understanding of the pastoral and financial support they can access from local universities and their local authority. Learners will interact in small groups with care-experienced university students who can offer insight into their educational journey and answer questions.

Step up to Uni  Y11 – 13 25 April 2019

 

University of Salford

 

Arron Pile

Carl Gleeson

A.Pile@salford.ac.uk

c.gleeson@salford.ac.uk

0161 295 0023

0161 295 8181

University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819

 

Learners with Disabilities

The following activities are for learners who may access additional support at university, including learners with disabilities, learning difficulties, long-term health conditions and mental health conditions.

 HE Visit Days

These visit days offer an introduction to higher education (HE) and information about the specific support available. Learners will have the chance to meet disabled university students who can talk about their own experiences and share an insight into student life.

Pre-16 Disabled Learner Aspiration Event – 07 December 2018 University of Salford Hannah Barton H.Barton1@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 8182
Pre-16 Visit for Learners on the Autistic Spectrum Manchester Metropolitan University Connor Murray C.Murray@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 1922
Support4Students information event  Y10 – 12 26 February 2019 University of Manchester Laura Cragg laura.cragg@manchester.ac.uk 0161-275-7676

 

Support4Students information event  Y10 – 12 26 February 2019

This early evening event for prospective students and parents/carers is hosted at The University of Manchester and covers the range of pastoral and financial support available, including Disabled Student’s Allowance. The event will include a Q&A panel with current HE students who have disabilities. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to find out more about specific support available from HEIs and the third sector by visiting a range of information stands.

Support4Students information event  Y10 – 12 26 February 2019 University of Manchester Laura Cragg laura.cragg@manchester.ac.uk 0161-275-7676

Student Support Presentation Y11 – 13

Session: 20 mins

We can visit your school/college to deliver a stand-alone presentation that details the kind of support available to disabled learners, how to access it and how to apply.

 

Student Support Presentation Y11 – 13

University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715
University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819
University of Salford Arron Pile A.Pile@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 0023

 

Young People with Caring Responsibilities

‘HE for Me’ Young Carers (presentation)

Session: 20 mins presentation, 45 mins workshop

This presentation or workshop provides a general overview of HE, as well as specific information about the support available and can be delivered in a venue of your choice.

 

‘HE for Me’ Young Carers (presentation) ALL

MMU Ivan Hay I.Hay@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 5483
University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715
University of Salford Arron Pile A.Pile@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 0023
University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819

 

Targeted Learner CPD

We offer a range of bespoke events for key influencers of targeted learners. These sessions provide an interactive forum for professionals to find out more about HE and to explore how best to support learners.

Supporting the Supporters 6 February 2019

This event is for adults who support looked after children and/or care leavers and offers the opportunity to ask questions about how to apply to HE, what the benefits are and what support is available. This helps to increase your confidence when advising the young people you support. The event will also contain information about post-16 pathways and a Q&A with current HE students who have been through the care system. It will take place at either the University of Manchester or Manchester Metropolitan University.

Supporting the Supporters 6 February 2019 MMU Ivan Hay I.Hay@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 5483
University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715

Student Support presentation (Key Influencers)

Session: 20 mins

This session is suitable for foster carers, social workers and other key influencers of care-experienced young people and gives an overview of HE, including financial and pastoral support and tips on supporting young people making decisions. We are happy to deliver this session as part of any training or information events that may be happening locally.

Student Support presentation (Key Influencers) University of Manchester Emily Cooksey emily.cooksey@manchester.ac.uk 0161-306-1715
MMU Ivan Hay I.Hay@mmu.ac.uk 0161 247 5483
University of Salford Arron Pile A.Pile@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 0023
University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819

 

Breaking Barriers 26 June 2019

Breaking Barriers is aimed at staff in the FE sector who support students with disabilities in their transition to HE. The event will include networking, workshops and a marketplace with internal and external specialists in disability and student support/guidance. This event will be hosted at The University of Bolton.

Breaking Barriers 26 June 2019 University of Bolton Danielle Mannion d.mannion@bolton.ac.uk 01204 903 819

 

School-led activity

We recognise that not all learners require the same help and support to enable them to make informed decisions about their future. Therefore, we can work with you to develop bespoke activity to fit the needs of learners. Interested schools should speak to their hub manager in the first instance.

Our hub managers are your single point of contact for engagement with the Greater Manchester Higher Programme. They can support you to build a coherent and progressive programme of activity for your target pupils.

Bury, Bolton, Rochdale Elin Stewart elin.stewart@boltoncc.ac.uk
Manchester Chris Delaney cdelaney@ucenmcr.tmc.ac.uk
Oldham, Stockport, Tameside Vicky Sinfield vicky.sinfield@tameside.ac.uk
Salford and Trafford Andrea Dapoto andrea.dapoto@salfordcc.ac.uk
Wigan Colin Stanfield c.stanfield@wigan-leigh.ac.uk

Our graduate advisors can support your school to engage with the NCOP programme. This includes organising transport, assisting with visits and working intensively with pupils to support their aspirations. Please speak to your hub manager for more information about the support available.