The Sutton Trust pushes social mobility at the top of the political agenda. Their aim is to ensure the most able and disadvantaged young people have access to the best educational and career opportunities.
As a result, The Sutton Trust have introduced a variety of summer schools which allows bright students from low and middle income backgrounds a taste of life at a leading university and the chance to see what it is like to live and study as an undergraduate student. The aim is to de-mystify elite universities and to equip students with the knowledge and insight on how to make high quality applications to these universities.
There is the opportunity for students to get to visit universities such as Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and St Andrews, which more than 2,000 students in this country experienced through the summer school programme. The Sutton Trust covers all programme costs, including residential events, accommodation and travel and there are introductory events and application support in the UK before and after the trip.
They also have Pathways in Coding, STEM, medicine and law.
Pathways to Coding has been established to widen access to the digital sector where there are major skill shortages in the fields of technology and coding.
The Pathways to Law programme was set up in 2006 by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation, with support from major law firms, to inspire and support academically-able students in years 10 to 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.
Pathways to STEM has been established to widen access to STEM degrees and the wide range of careers they open up. The Pathways to STEM programme supports academically able low and middle-income state school students to access the most selective STEM university courses and provide them with the foundation for a STEM career through the development of soft skills, a work placement, careers advice and a mentor.
Applications to these pathways are open now.
These and pathways are a great opportunity for young people in the constituency to get involved with. I hope it can improve aspirations and show that it doesn’t matter what your income or background is; you can apply to university if you wish to and you can study at some of the most esteemed universities in the UK.
4 people from Scunthorpe have been successful in gaining a place on the programmes, if you wish to look further into these summer schools or pathways or even look into applying to one, then visit http://www.suttontrust.com/