- 91% agree that: My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depths.
- 89% agree that: The skills I have developed during my time in Higher Education will be useful for my future career.
- 82% agree that: My learning has benefited from modules that are informed by current research. Staff are good at explaining things.
- 80% agree that: I have been able to explore academic interests with other students. I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course.
Collaborative Activity with Go Higher West Yorkshire
The College is a member of the Go Higher West Yorkshire partnership, which includes twelve West Yorkshire colleges and universities offering a vast array of different courses, subjects, qualifications and modes of study. The partnership aims to help with access to and preparation for higher education.
Go Higher West Yorkshire‘s Widening Participation Planning Group has a focus on working with people who don’t usually apply to do a degree or find that they struggle to complete a degree after they have enrolled. These groups include: Looked-After Young People and Care Leavers, mature and part time students, young carers, and HE students from non-traditional backgrounds and low participation neighbourhoods.
The College contributes to Widening Participation by:
- Providing small-scale, flexible provision which is more attractive to mature students who are returning to study for a degree, and by running Access to HE courses – enabling mature students to progress to a degree course. Between 60-70% of University Centre HE students are mature, whereas nationally the numbers of mature students has declined dramatically.
- Attracting students who wouldn’t normally enrol on a degree course. Nearly half of the students at the University Centre are from low participation neighbourhoods. When compared to a university, this is a much higher proportion than usual.
- Signing up to the collaborative Care Leaver Covenant – which outlines the support available to care leavers who want to do a degree at the University Centre.
The College has representation on the Go Higher West Yorkshire Board, the Business Engagement Planning Group (BEPG) and the Widening Participation Planning Group (WPPG).
The NCOP Project
As part of its collaborative work as a partner in Go Higher West Yorkshire, the College is running a local project. The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is a centrally funded national initiative to raise aspiration among young people to progress to a degree. It is a collaborative project in the Leeds City Region co-ordinated by Go Higher West Yorkshire. The project is aimed at those young people who have the academic ability to progress to higher education but decide not to apply. The College is working with young people and their parents and school teachers in Ovenden and throughout Calderdale, both in their school settings and within the community.
A recent photography project engaged with a group of young girls from the Project Twelve:31 community centre to create a photography book entitled ‘Our Ovenden’ – based on the girls’ own photographs of their local area.
In July, an evening event was held at the College for 24 local young people in care and their carers to highlight the support that is available to care leavers higher education and to give tasters of the subjects on offer at the College.
Two members of staff are employed at the College as part of the NCOP Project.
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