Tomorrow's Professionals get started at Leeds Beckett
Tomorrow’s Professionals is a yearly programme, encouraging Year 12 pupils to further explore aspects of higher education and the opportunities, facilities and support available at Leeds Beckett. Working in partnership with schools and colleges across the region, a number of activities are offered over the course of 12 months.
Beginning with the launch on Friday 5 December, which saw Leeds Beckett Hospitality graduate, Brooke Mah, give a talk about her experiences of higher education, and a series of short workshops subjects including work experience; university life skills; and motivation and staying on track. Around 140 pupils attended the day held at the University’s Headingley Campus.
Inder Hunjan, Head of Access and Widening Participation, said: “We are committed to ensuring that young people from all backgrounds are given the tools and knowledge to access Higher Education. We developed the Tomorrow’s Professionals initiative two years ago to allow us to guide and mentor Year 12 students through a year-long programme. The project includes a three-night residential event which allows individuals to increase their confidence in applying to, and progressing into university. The programme works closely with our academic teams to ensure that students gain both practical and theoretical experience in their chosen field.”
In February, the pupils, who come from Brooksbank School, Carlton Bolling College, John Smeaton Academy, Rodillian Academy, Ralph Thoresby High School, Shipley College, St John Fisher Catholic High School, Notre Dame and Roundhay School, will spend a day at the University, experiencing lectures and workshops on the specific subject area that they are interested in. This gives them an insight into the style of delivery and level of understanding they can expect at university.
In June, the participants will return to attend a university open day and in July they will take part in a residential stay, following the subject area of their choice whilst living at the University’s Kirkstall Brewery Halls of Residence.
Finally, beginning in September 2015, the pupils will attend workshops, held by Leeds Beckett staff, current students and the Students’ Union, to help them to complete their university application forms.