Higher Education Summer School Success

A two day Higher Education Summer School saw over 50 students attend a variety of workshops at Brannams Campus, to enable them to get a head start on their course at Petroc and to prepare them for their academic studies.

The Shaping Futures (ESF HTID +SEED) Team at Petroc coordinated the event as part of the ESF funded Hidden Talent in Devon project.  The events were well received by attendees and following the success of the programme it is planned to run them again next summer.

The aim of Hidden Talent in Devon is to widen participation, tackle disadvantage and promote access to Higher Level Skills. The Summer School is just one of a number of planned activities that will aim to challenge any barriers to participation at a higher level of study. Shaping Futures (ESF HTID +SEED) Project Manager, Paddy Weathers, was really pleased with the feedback from the students that attended, he said “whether students are making the transition from further education, or they are returning to education, studying at a higher level can be quite daunting. The sessions delivered by Clark, Amanda and the student ambassadors were brilliant and offered the students the chance to gain early tips around studying, as well as advice from past students who have progressed all the way to degree honours level, all of which is really beneficial when preparing to start their course in September.

Hanna Megson-Smith (Foundation in Teaching & Learning)

“The information provided gave me a clear understanding of more efficient ways to study”

Desiree Cagni (Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities, Education & Social Work)

“I liked the depth of the critical thinking workshop, it was really helpful for my upcoming studies”