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Opportunity for young people to try student life

(17 February 2017)

Young people at a summer school

DURHAM University is inviting talented teenagers to take advantage of free support aimed at helping them reach their full potential.

The University’s Supported Progression scheme offers young people a two-year programme of events and information, including residential events so they can experience life as a Durham University student.

It is open to young people who are studying in North East England, along with Cumbria and Yorkshire, have the potential to study at a university like Durham and who would benefit from additional help and support.

UCAS points

Those who successfully complete an assessed summer school project at the end of Year 12 are recognised as having achieved a qualification equivalent to 16 to 32 UCAS tariff points, which can contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for study at Durham, along with a guaranteed offer of a place.

Additionally, successful students may also be eligible to receive additional bursaries towards university costs.

Since Supported Progression began in 2011, more than 1,200 young people have taken part, with more than 450 going on to study at Durham.

Past students

Lucy Gray, who is now studying History, said: “Supported Progression has given me lifelong friends. The support that you get from mentors, academics and fellow students on the scheme is amazing.”

Josh Headley, now an LLB (Hons) Law graduate and working as a trainee solicitor, said: “Supported Progression provided a life changing platform. It enabled me to achieve goals I never thought I could.”

Helping fufil potential

Michael Gilmore, Academic Registrar at Durham University, said: “Supported Progression is one of a range of initiatives here at Durham University aimed at helping young people reach their full potential.

“It’s great to hear the positive experiences of students who take part in the programme, and I’d invite anyone interested, whether they are a young person, a parent or a teacher, to get in touch.”

Young people on the Supported Progression programme are offered welcome days where they and their parents or carers can learn more about Durham University, a two-night spring residential with taster sessions in a University department, skills workshops on subjects including budgeting, presentations, time-management as well as information sessions on UCAS, personal statements and student finance, and a five-night residential summer school, offering the opportunity to complete a project worth UCAS points at Durham.

There is also ongoing support for the students during Year 13 and while they are at university.

For more information on Durham University’s Supported Progression programme, visit

For more information on Durham University’s contribution to the North-East, visit

This article was first featured in the Durham Times.

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