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Aspire to HE

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Aspire to HE is a partnership, led by the University of Wolverhampton with local schools and colleges, who are committed to improving access to higher education for everyone in the Black Country, Telford and Wrekin.

We provide impartial guidance and practical support to help people make an informed and ambitious decision about higher education and their future. We operate as a single point of contact for higher education outreach in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, and Telford and Wrekin.

Since 2017, Aspire to HE has worked with over 30 thousand learners, 10 thousand of those are from a target ward, and over 7 thousand pupils have engaged with us on a sustained programme – which means we will work with them multiple times throughout the project.

In working together, Aspire to HE is aiming to ensure that regardless of their context or background, all young people have a fair and equal chance of fulfilling their potential.

The academy has had an Engagement Officer from Aspire at the school for the past three years, working with students from Years 9-13, in both group settings and offering 1-1 guidance and advice. These sessions include topics such as exploring higher education opportunities - including university and apprenticeships, student finance, interview techniques, CV building and preparing for university. We have also had opportunities to go on various trips and visit, including faculty projects run by the University of Wolverhampton. Aspire to HE have also funded projects and guest speakers, allowing students the opportunity to engage with a variety of different experiences.