UniFest 2022 - Aimhigher West Midlands

Applications for UniFest 2022 are now closed. If you have a question, please email us aimhigher@contacts.bham.ac.uk

WHAT IS UNIFEST?

UniFest Summer Schools take place at 6 universities across the West Midlands. UniFest gives you the chance to spend time exploring university life, meeting students and staff, making friends and having an action packed, fun experience!

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

WHAT WILL I DO?

That depends on which UniFest event you choose! Some explore university life and study in general and others focus on certain career or study options. All UniFest events include lots of hands-on sessions, and a packed programme of fun social activities!

WHAT’S THE CATCH?

There is no catch. UniFest is funded by universities and schools and is totally free of charge. For residential UniFest events, meals, accommodation and activities are all paid for (although you may want to bring a little pocket money with you). The universities will help you plan how to get to and from events.

view the UniFest 2022 Directory view the pre-recorded presentation

"UniFest helped me gain knowledge on courses at university and what life would be like."

"It was very enjoyable and interesting. I learned loads and had loads of fun."

"I enjoyed everything and the whole experience has boosted my confidence."

"It's shown me that higher education is for people like me."

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

You will need to complete an online application form telling us about you and your career interests. Your parents or carers will need to complete parts of the form, and your school will need to approve your application.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE ARE MORE APPLICANTS THAN PLACES?

UniFest is very popular, and there are often more applicants than places. We ask for information about your family background and advise you to choose several events so that we can offer places as fairly as possible. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us by emailing aimhigher@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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 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.

Please note: Due to UniFest 2020 and UniFest 2021 taking place primarily online, we have chosen to share data from our last in-person UniFest in 2019.

 

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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 parents/carers 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. Making 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 online 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

PRACTICAL UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS (Non-Residential)

LOCATION

McIntyre House, 2 Holland Street, Birmingham B3 1PW

DATES

Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

Are you a practical learner? Do you prefer a range of assessments and not just exams? Have you ever heard of a vocational university?

This non-residential summer school will give you real life experience of what it’s like attending a vocational university, whilst working in ‘departments’ to work on a group project linked to the Commonwealth Games. This will allow you to explore a range of subject areas such as events management, finance, sports therapy, food and hospitality and more. Whilst completing this project you will also learn about the difference between vocational and academic universities, student finance, degree apprenticeships, career opportunities after university from lecturers, support staff, alumni and employers.

You will have your own timetable including lectures, practical sessions, social events, site/employer visits and group study time. This will conclude with an event showcase to celebrate your work in front of an industry panel.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Through your personal timetable and group project, you will understand what it’s like studying at a vocational university and whether it is the right fit for your learning style and career aspirations. Also find out more about a range of subject areas you can study.

Experience living at home while studying by attending this non-residential summer school, plus find out more about university in general and explore whether it’s a future option for you.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

You have two options for travel, public transport or travelling by car.

If you’re travelling by public transport, our Student Ambassadors will meet you at Birmingham New Street Station. Keep your receipts for as all reasonable travel costs will be covered when you provide these receipts.

If you are travelling by car, there is parking available at The Link for drop off only. You’ll be able to claim back the mileage for your travel.

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NEWMAN UNIVERSITY

CREATIVE CHANGE (Non-Residential)

LOCATION

Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3NT

DATES

Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

If you’re passionate about social change, and enjoy writing or performance, then Creative Change is the programme for you! You will spend 3 days at Newman University with our amazing Applied Writing team. You will have the opportunity to explore issues you really care about, develop your writing and creative skills, and create a piece that aims to educate and change perspectives. You’ll get to meet a lot of like-minded young people, and speak to academics and current students.

Each day we will have fun activities planned in the afternoon, so you can unwind and socialise with the group. Discover the campus and what Newman has to offer with our campus tours and talks around student life – there will be plenty of food, drinks and giveaways too, maybe even a quiz with actual prizes! Challenge yourselves and our staff with your perspectives and questions (which is a big part of university life).

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll learn what it’s like to study a creative degree at University, and the careers to which they can lead. You will gain techniques that will improve your skills in writing, performing, and production. These skills will help prepare you for HE courses in Applied Writing, Creative Writing, Drama, Media, and Journalism.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

If you’re travelling independently or via public transport, arrangements can be made for you to meet our Newman ambassadors at the central point of New Street station, and to then be transported directly to our campus. All reasonable travel costs for these journeys can be reimbursed upon proof of receipt.

For those of you who will be dropped off to our university campus by parents/carers, we will be on hand to direct you to the car park and guide pupils into the building.

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UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER

CRIMINALS, THE LAW, CONVICTIONS AND PSYCHOLOGY (Non-Residential)

LOCATION

University of Worcester, Farrier St, Worcester WR1 3BZ.

DATES

Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

This exciting summer school will give you the opportunity to experience what it is like being a student at university via participation in sessions on Law, Forensic Biology, Criminology and Policing. You will get a taste of the state-of-the-art university facilities available, such as a custom-built courtroom where you will be working on a mock trial. Students will learn from academic experts whom, with their knowledge combined will share with you what it is like to speak in court and what to do when presenting evidence collected at a crime scene. You will also get a perspective of the minds of criminals to explore why crimes are committed in the first place. By the end of the summer school, you will have a greater understanding of what options you will need to take to pursue a career in criminal justice.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will develop insights into Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Biology and Law. You will also experience what it is like working towards a degree. Throughout the summer school, you will work with current University of Worcester students, providing you with an ideal opportunity to discover more about the student’s eye-view of university life. We will also take time to look at the range of careers available in the justice sector.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

Costs of getting to and from the Summer School will be provided for the summer school attendee, and one accompanying adult if required. We recommend that you travel by train; the university will buy and post you your tickets beforehand. The first day will be delivered virtually, the second and third days will be in person on campus.

The university assumes responsibility for your child when they are signed in either at the University or at the train station.  We will hand over responsibility for your child once they have boarded the train or been collected from the University.

Upon arrival you will be met by our Summer School ambassadors who will be wearing blue t-shirts, and carrying signs saying ‘Summer Schools this way!’ You will be guided to and from our campus by these.

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BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

FUEL FOR LIFE (Residential)

LOCATION

Various – City Centre Campus (for evening activities and overnight accommodation) and City South Campus (for day activities)

  • City South Campus, Seacole Building, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TN
  • City Centre Campus (Halls of Residence, University Locks, 50 Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7JX

Please note that private transport between campuses has been arranged by the university.

DATES

Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

On-campus, we have prepared an exciting range of sport, exercise and nutrition activities across the three days. You’ll see what Birmingham City University is like, get to speak with university students and staff, and receive careers advice and guidance. For off-campus events, on Wednesday and Thursday evening, there will be social activities for attendees to take part in, before staying in our halls of residence (University Locks) for two nights. (Off-campus social activities are currently TBC, and can be confirmed closer to the time)

On-campus activities – 2-hour practical workshops and talks:

  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Sports therapy
  • Sport coaching and PE
  • Why higher education
  • Careers and employability

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will learn more about university and higher education, gaining insight into what life is like as a university student. You will also have a unique opportunity to learn what it could be like to study a sport and/or life science course at Birmingham City University. Academic staff and student ambassadors will teach you more about their university experiences, what course content and how these degrees can be applied to relevant careers in the industry.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

Attendees will be asked to arrive and depart from University Locks, student accommodation at our City Centre Campus (address in ‘location’ section). Arrival will be in the morning of Wednesday 13th July, and departure will be in the afternoon of Friday 15th July. University staff and student ambassadors will meet and chaperone attendees at arrival and departure points/times.

Parents and carers will be contacted in advance of the residential visit to confirm if they will be dropping off/collecting their child, or if their child requires alternative transport. In the case of parents/carers arranging transport, parents/carers can submit a reimbursement claim for mileage and parking, if applicable. In the case of alternative transport, we may be able to provide public or taxi transport for attendees to and from campus. This is subject to budget, so details of this will be confirmed with parents, carers and attendees closer to the time.

Parents will be contacted to share any additional requirements in advance of the visit, so any accessibility requirements will be considered in travel arrangements.

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ASTON UNIVERSITY

STEM (Residential)

LOCATION

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET

DATES

Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

Are you interested in finding out more about Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) related subjects at University? If yes, then this is the Summer School for you!

You will have the opportunity to experience fun and interactive sessions in STEM, taught by real University lecturers. There will be an exciting and inspirational mix of practical sessions, lectures and team projects for you to get involved in.

During your stay you will be working closely with university students that study STEM courses, giving you the opportunity to hear first-hand what it’s really like to study at University! You will get to experience what university life is like by staying in our accommodation on our city-centre campus. You will have a private bedroom, complete with your own bathroom.

There will be plenty of opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Your evenings will be filled with a programme of fun social activities!

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will gain an insight into what life is like as a University student. You will experience what it’s like to study a STEM related subject at university and learn more about careers in these areas. We hope that this experience will inspire you to consider higher education as an option and give you a better understanding of what to do after school or college.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

With many transport options available to reach us in Birmingham city centre we hope you can make your own way to Aston University’s campus.

There will be many ambassadors dotted around the campus on the day to make sure you can find your way to reception.

During the summer school all transport arrangements for activities will be organized and paid for by the University.

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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

YOUR FUTURE, YOUR CHOICE (Residential)

LOCATION

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

DATES

Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th July 2022

WHAT WILL I DO?

Are you interested in going to university, but not really sure what you want to study? Then come along to the University of Birmingham’s, Your Future, Your Choice Summer School to find out what possibilities await you!

From staying in student halls of residence to attending university workshops, you will experience life as a university student. Our academic staff will deliver fun, engaging and eye-opening sessions from a wide range of subjects that you can study at the University of Birmingham.

University life isn’t just about studying – it’s about having lots of fun too. There will be a fun-filled social programme for the evenings too. Whilst you’re with us, you will be looked after by our student ambassadors, who are all current students at the University. They will be on hand to guide you around campus, make sure you settle in and, most importantly, answer any questions you may have on life at university.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will gain an insight into student life, including independent learning, and will have your questions answered about all things ‘university’ – you may even decide on a subject you’d like to study!

As more jobs require higher level qualifications, you will also learn about the transferable skills that employers will be looking for in the future. Summer schools offer a great opportunity for you to grow in confidence, gain independence and make lots of new friends!

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

You will need to make your own way to the University. Student ambassadors will be on hand to meet you at our very own train station – University (Birmingham) and at the designated drop-off point for those travelling by car or bus. All reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed with proof of receipt.

 

STEPS TO UNIFEST

JAN-APRIL

Submit your application online! Applications close on Friday 1st April 2022.

MAY-JUNE

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

JULY

UniFest begins! Events take place throughout July.

Applications for UniFest 2022 are now closed.

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