News archive 2004
Aimhigher? Aspire!15 Jan 2004, PR 02/04
London’s finest academic institutions are now working together to encourage local young people into further and higher education.
Aspire Aimhigher South East London, a partnership of King’s College London, Goldsmiths College, London South Bank University and the University of Greenwich, will be launched at Tate Modern on Monday 26 January 2004, between 3 – 6pm.
Aspire will promote the vision that young people in South East London should be given the information, opportunity, support and inspiration to progress on to higher education and maximise their life chances. This will be done through activities such as awareness raising programmes, mentoring schemes and taster days.
As well as an opportunity to browse around the Tate’s globally renowned galleries of modern art, the Aspire launch event will include a presentation on the aims of the partnership, a panel discussion on the benefits of widening participation by Vice Chancellors from each of the partner universities, dance and music performances by participating institutions, a display of final entries from the Aspire competition, and video and photographic extracts from previous widening participation events.
Notes to editors
The four universities in Aspire are now working together, and with schools, colleges, Connexions and LEA representatives in Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets and Bexley, to encourage people aged 13-30 from South East London to aspire to, and achieve a place at, their university of choice.
The administration of the partnership is led by Goldsmiths College. In addition, each university has responsibility for one of four key ‘strands’ of the partnership: Raising Awareness (King’s), Progression Pathways (LSBU), Mentoring & Activities (Greenwich), Staff Development & Research (Goldsmiths).
Aspire’s programme of activities includes one-off sessions and ongoing courses run by all or any of the universities in the partnership. These range from generic taster days and subject option mentoring to raise awareness at Year 9; subject based projects, student ambassador-led PSHE presentations and summer schools for Years 10 and 11, subject-specific mentoring and taster days plus UCAS application workshops to raise attainment in Years 12, 13 and FE students and sustained multi-disciplinary projects with those from groups who are particularly under-represented in higher education.
Aspire has a Project Officer at each of the partner universities ready to offer and deliver a range of activities for and with local young people. For further information on what Aspire is already doing in your area, please contact Ali Redford, Aspire Project Officer, King’s College London on 020 7848 3497 or email@example.com
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