UniFest 2021 - Aimhigher West Midlands

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WHAT IS UNIFEST?

UniFest is an opportunity for you to learn more about higher education and to gain insight into what life is like as a university student. Although we are unable to offer residential events this year, our six partner universities have prepared an exciting range of activities to inspire and motivate you to explore your future options. You’ll have the chance to see what university is really like, speak to university students and staff, and receive advice and guidance on careers. Check out each university’s event offer to see the fun and interactive programme of activities you could take part in!

We deliver this event in partnership with Aston University, Birmingham City University, Newman University, University College Birmingham, University of Birmingham and University of Worcester. Each university is offering a standalone event and has provided information detailing whether their event will be held on-campus or virtually. Please read the details for each university event thoroughly before applying. All universities hope to offer an campus visit if and when it is safe to do so.

WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?

You will learn about university courses and career options, while taking part in virtual campus tours, quizzes and talks to expand your knowledge of higher education. You’ll improve your communication and team working skills as you interact with fellow students and university staff, with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have along the way. You’ll boost your self-confidence as you take part in new and challenging activities – you may even find a new passion! See where your interests can take you and begin your journey to higher education. One final bonus – taking part will help boost your college, sixth form or university applications too!

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"It has given me a clearer idea of life at university and disproved the stereotypes."

"UniFest helped me decide I definitely want to go to uni."

"UniFest Online was brilliant I loved every second of it and now I have some more information on universities and colleges."

"I am very thankful for the opportunity we had for participating in this online; I believe this was a wonderful experience for all and was highly insightful."

WHO IS UNIFEST FOR?

UniFest is for students in Year 10 at state-funded secondary schools in the West Midlands who are from backgrounds and communities that are less likely to be considering university as an option. To apply for a place you will need the support of your school and the consent of your parents or carers, and you should be able to answer “yes” to at least one of the following:

  • My parents or carers did not go to university
  • I receive Free School Meals
  • I have a disability or learning difficulty
  • I am in the care of my local authority
  • I am a young carer
  • I live in an area where not many young people go to university

WHICH UNIFEST EVENT IS FOR ME?

This depends on whether you’d like to explore university life in general and a variety of courses, or focus on a particular subject or career which interests you.  All UniFest events include lots of interactive sessions and a packed programme of fun activities.

Please note that all on-campus events will only take place if Covid-19 restrictions allow and will be replaced with a virtual alternative if they cannot go ahead. Ensuring students and staff safety is of upmost importance and therefore we will continue to monitor the government guidance and the developing situation.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

UniFest is a targeted programme. Universities ensure places are offered to young people who meet certain criteria, using a weighted system to identify and prioritise applicants based on information about their backgrounds gathered as part of the application process.

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IS THERE A COST?

UniFest is free of charge however, if you were to get a place and then drop out at late notice, fail to attend, leave an event early or are excluded for breaching rules, your school may receive a fine. Please make sure you definitely want to attend before accepting your offer.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

UniFest 2019 gave 273 disadvantaged students the opportunity to explore the world of higher education and make informed decisions about their future.

94% of learners that attended UniFest 2019 were very satisfied/satisfied with the event!

Download the UniFest 2019 Evaluation

Students who have taken part in Unifest become more motivated and confident in their learning, are known to have better grades at school and are more likely to go to university.

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WHAT ABOUT MISSING SCHOOL?

If UniFest clashes with school activities, please speak to a teacher before applying.

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IS THERE ANY FLEXIBILITY ON AGE GROUPS?

UniFest is designed for year 10 students only.

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WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SUPPORTING STATEMENT?

We want to hear about you and your interests, the subjects and qualifications you are studying, your career ambitions, any work experience you have completed and why you’re applying.

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WHAT ABOUT SUPERVISION & SAFEGUARDING?

If the UniFest event you are attending is on-campus, parents do not need to supervise young people at the event. The universities take full responsibility for safeguarding, and will liaise directly with parents and carers to agree transport/hand-over arrangements etc. This includes inviting all successful applicants and their parents and carers to an information evening in advance of their event. Aimhigher universities operate comprehensive safeguarding, child protection and health and safety policies and procedures. They will undertake risk assessments for all events and activities, and make these available to you for assurance purposes.

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WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT?

If the UniFest event you are attending is on-campus, universities liaise directly with young people and their parents and carers about travel arrangements.

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WHAT IF LEARNERS DROP OUT?

Aimhigher will do all we can to minimise drop out before events, but it is inevitable in a small number of cases. We strongly advise you to:

  • Actively support your child in the period between them being offered a place and the event taking place, and reinforce the importance of attending
  • Notify Aimhigher immediately if your child wants to withdraw or is at risk of withdrawing… direct contact between the university, the applicant and their family can often help reassure and overcome any worries or concerns

HOW DO I APPLY?

Read about each university’s event to decide which you would like to go to and check you meet the criteria

Talk with your parents or carers and complete the application form with them

Remember to choose more than one event (as you will need a back-up choice)

CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAMME…

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE BIRMINGHAM

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NEWMAN UNIVERSITY

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ASTON UNIVERSITY

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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

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UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER

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BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

STEPS TO UNIFEST

APRIL/MAY

Submit your application

MAY/JUNE

If you are offered a place, your host university will be in touch with further information about the event

JUNE/JULY

UniFest goes live! Events take place from late June through to mid-July

Any questions? Email us aimhigher@bham.contacts.ac.uk