Access and Vocational Manager, Faculty of Registrars
The Widening Participation Team leads the University's work to engage learners from less advantaged backgrounds in education and support their progression to higher education, including the University of Nottingham. The Team delivers over 80,000 places on more than 3,400 outreach activities each year. We support measures across the student lifecycle relating to admissions, success, financial support and progressionThe outreach team works with students in secondary schools, sixth forms and further education colleges. We offer 'menu' sessions which deliver information, advice and guidance to pupils aged year 7 to 13 and to mature students. We also host visits to our campuses and assist schools and departments around the University in their outreach work.
I manage the outreach work that we deliver to local Further Education Colleges. This is primarily supporting those students who are studying a vocational qualification such as a BTEC Extended Diploma or mature students studying an Access to HE Diploma. This also includes a number of pre-entry events offering advice and guidance to adults who are considering the possibility of HE study.
Part of my role involves working with mature students who gain a place at the university to help support their transition to HE. I run an induction programme called Kick Start to help new UG mature students to settle in and improve the study skills needed during their first year at university. Leading on from Kick Start I run a number of events to encourage mature students to meet and share their experiences and I manage the Mature Student Mentor Scheme.
Another aspect of my role is to communicate with admissions tutors regards vocational qualifications and keep them updated on current changes to specifications relevant to our entry requirements.
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