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State school students helped to reach university

(29 August 2018)

Durham University Sutton Trust summer school students in the Sports Lab

Durham University has run two summer schools to help bright students from under-represented backgrounds reach university.

Over 300 young people took part in one of two week-long Durham University Sutton Trust summer schools between Sunday 12 August and Friday 24 August.

The residential schools are open to gifted and talented young people who are about to enter Year 13 at UK state-maintained schools.

An introduction to university life

The students learn about the process of applying to university, undertake university-style work in a chosen academic department, meet and learn from current university students and experience life living in a Durham University college.

If the young person completes the scheme and their academic project successfully, they achieve a qualification equivalent to 16 to 32 UCAS tariff points and a guaranteed, conditional offer, should they choose to apply to study at Durham University.

Durham University Sutton Trust summer schools are free to participating students, with their transport, accommodation, food, activity and resource costs all covered.

'It will help me now and later on'

Abigail Hazel and Rio Penn-Grice focused on Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity.

Abigail, 17, said: “I wanted to get a taste of what university would be like. I’ve enjoyed coming here not knowing people and introducing yourself, the course and the whole feel of the University.”

Rio, also 17, said: “I’ve developed skills I will be using at university. It will help me with my studies now and later on.”

Empowering young people to succeed

Since Durham University began operating Sutton Trust summer schools in 2012, nearly 1,900 young people have participated. Of those, nearly 250 have progressed to undergraduate studies at Durham.

Professor Alan Houston, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Durham University, said: “Durham University is proud to host and run Sutton Trust summer schools.

“We want to empower young people to succeed, and we welcome students with merit and potential from all backgrounds.

“This year’s summer schools have been a great success and I wish all participants well with their university applications.”

'Life-changing opportunity'

Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, said: “Over the past few years, our summer schools at Durham have given thousands of young people from the North East and across the UK the opportunity to change their life.

"Many of our alumni have gone on to study at the best universities in the country, and secure jobs in the most competitive fields.

“We are thrilled to be in partnership with Durham. Durham offers unbelievable quality which we want our students to experience.

"Their commitment to contextual admissions for Sutton Trust alumni is a fantastic addition to the programme.”