Student mentors head into school to inspire next university generations

Hundreds of student mentors are heading into schools to work with pupils to give them the best chance of coming to university.

The National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP) is being supported by the Government to ensure more people who traditionally may not consider applying to university to think about higher education.

NCOP mentor inset

DMU is teaming up with Leicester University, Loughborough University and the University of Northampton on the scheme, part of the Government’s ongoing work to ensure people from all backgrounds think about university.

DMU will use its expertise developed through years of working with the community through DMU Square Mile, which has helped raise aspirations among thousands of young people in Leicester.

The work of the mentors will also be supported by some of DMU's most-inspirational academics who will use engaging teaching techniques open the children’s eyes to careers in science, technology, arts and business.

* Book your place on an open day
* Find out about becoming a mentor
* DMU's Square Mile rewards inspiring students

DMU Head of Public Engagement Mark Charlton said: “I’m really delighted Hefce have recognised the talents and track record of our student mentors who work in schools in big numbers, and the skills of our academics who bring subjects to life in such an inspiring way for young people.

“This is a collaborative project with university partners in the East Midlands and one that I believe will have impact on the young children who, with a little extra support and inspiration will be the next generation of university undergraduates."
NCOP is receiving £60million a year to drive a step change in the numbers of people going into higher education from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The University of Leicester is the lead partner on the regional project which was announced this week. of

Posted on Friday 9th December 2016

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