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Tyneside outreach programme for 2018 launched

A programme designed to encourage and prepare Year 12 students to make competitive applications to top universities has been launched this week by Jesus College to over one hundred students from North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Gateshead.

Now in its second year, the programme runs for an academic year and gives students the opportunity to take part in different sessions designed to encourage them to explore their subject outside of the classroom. 

It is part of the HE+ project run by the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and sixth form colleges in 19 regions of the UK.

The evening started with an information session led by College Admissions Tutor Dr Jennifer Hirst. The year 12 students then attended subject taster sessions to show them what it would be like to study at university level, while their parents attended a separate question and answer session.

The launch will be followed up by a subject conference held in the North East in early February 2019, with subject taster lectures delivered by University academics and practical sessions advising students on the application process.

The final event will be a visit to Jesus College in April, with students staying overnight in College.

Access and Schools Liaison Officer Josie Ella said: “It was great to see so many students and their parents excited about the possibilities of what university can offer them. This is the second year that we’ve run the scheme and we’re hopeful that the evolving scheme will be even more successful than last year.”

Schools in the Tyneside area interested in taking part in next year’s HE+ scheme are encouraged to contact


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