Leicester celebrates summer school students

More than 65 students from Leicestershire and beyond are attending a four-day summer school programme at the University which reaches its finale today (Wednesday 29 June).

The ‘equipped 2 succeed’ residential summer school for Year 12 students is designed to help participants develop the essential study and personal skills needed to be successful in their future education and careers.

The students are staying in the University’s halls of residence and are attending daily workshops led by educational social enterprise Second Chance Learning Academy. The programme has been designed to give students who are interested in studying at the University, but whose personal circumstances may have affected their ability to reach their full academic potential, a taste of university life.

Senior Widening Participation Officer at the University and summer school organiser Andy Johnson explained: “The University of Leicester is one of the most inclusive of the top UK universities and is dedicated to increasing the higher education opportunities available to students from our local communities. We want to ensure that all talented young people are given the chance to excel, regardless of circumstance.

“Over the course of this summer school we’ll be enabling these students to understand the attitudes, thinking and behaviours of success, and to identify these traits within themselves. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of their team challenge work at our equipped 2 succeed finale. I do hope that everyone has enjoyed their visit with us and we wish them all the best with their future success.”

Following the summer school, the University will continue to work with the students as part of the initiative. Future activities will include career development days to help support their career plans, help with university applications and support for personal statements.

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