Priestley teams up with Oxbridge to raise aspirations

Dr Peter Claus.

Priestley College is working with two of the world’s leading universities to raise the aspirations of young people.

Priestley is hosting several events over the next couple of months with academics from Oxford and Cambridge and some of the college’s former students who are now studying at Russell Group universities.

It is hoped these events will inspire young people who might otherwise not have planned to attend university.

“There are still fewer young people from the North West applying for places at the UK’s top universities than there are from other parts of the country,” said Mark Salmon, a Senior Tutor at Priestley.

“We are determined our students will not see any university place as unobtainable and to raise their aspirations by working closely with the Russell Group, particularly Oxbridge.”

In January Priestley will be hosting a masterclass that will be attended by more than 100 young people from the region.

The theme of the masterclass – which is designed to take students way beyond the A-Level syllabus – is ‘Consequences’ and several tutors from Priestley will be leading the lectures.

Oxbridge have also asked Priestley to host an event aimed at giving Year 12s the skills they need to secure places at Britain’s best universities.

Former Priestley student Greg Horne who is now studying Law at Oxford.

Academics and members of their two universities’ admissions and liaison teams will advise students what they need to do to stand out from the crowd and submit a competitive application. Tutors will also receive advice on writing references.

Students who have applied to Priestley – and who have predicted grades that suggest they could study at one of the UK’s top universities – have been invited to ‘An Evening With Oxbridge’ next month.

They will hear from academics Dr Catherine Sumnall (Cambridge) and Dr Peter Claus (Oxford) about the admissions process and how their tutorial teaching systems can benefit those who are academically motivated and engaged.

“Events like the one being held at Priestley are important to help provide the extra information and inspiration that some young people need to achieve their full potential,” said Dr Claus.