Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) are partaking in a research project aimed at understanding perceptions of community groups in Higher Education. Therefore, they have teamed up with New College Pontefract to collaboratively capture and showcase work from different groups of students. The presentation of this work aims to follow the students’ journeys through the education system and what doors it can open along the way, and so the ‘HEre to tHEre’ campaign has been launched.
The ‘HEre to tHEre’ project is a way of offering a window into the life of a New College student, showing how they progress and learn skills needed for the next step in their careers, whether it be in the form of Higher Education (HE), an apprenticeship or employment. Students will visit local universities and explore the campus with student ambassadors.
GHWY HE Progression Officer, Jane Rolfe, mentioned how it will give students an opportunity to ‘gain an insight into what it’s like to study and live at university’, featuring college visits from lecturers ‘delivering parts of the project where information is shared about options available’.
The campaign involves Go Higher West Yorkshire collaborating with students studying Art, Geography and Music at New College Pontefract. Collaborative work across different subject areas who are working to the same brief is both exciting and unusual. Students can express themselves through the campaign, with Rolfe saying it ‘gives us an idea why students make the choices they do in regards to applying to university or a high level apprenticeship’.
Students will work together in lessons on presentations, be taken on visits across higher education institutions throughout the year, and present what they have been working on. They will work with students in alternative subject areas on the same brief which is tailored to their particular subject, exploring the journeys students take through education, particularly from studying at college through Higher Education and beyond.