UCL outreach programme wins award

25 June 2012

UCL’s Horizons outreach programme has won in the Building Bridges category at this year’s London Education Partnership Awards.

UCL Horizons is a long-term outreach programme aimed at students in Years 10 to 13 from non-selective state schools in inner London. It aims to provide stimulating academic programmes and higher education guidance from GCSE through to UCAS application. It targets students who are most able but least likely to apply to university, aimed especially at those whose parents have not been to university. 

The UCL Horizons team with their award. L-R: Alice Salmon (UCL Outreach) Glen Smales (UCL Chemistry student and Saturday Group Leader), Alison Home  (Senior Outreach Officer for UCL Horizons), Ash Sakhardande (UCL Psychology student and Saturday Group Leader), Vij Cakli) UCL Physics graduate and Saturday Group Leader).

The London Education Partnership Awards recognise and celebrate the education providers which offer higher education opportunities to a wide range of learners, raising the aspirations of young people to help them achieve their full potential.

Alison Home, Senior Outreach Officer for Horizons, said: “I am delighted that UCL Horizons has won a London Education Partnership Award for Building Bridges. I would like to thank our generous funders, all the fantastic tutors, UCL academics and postgraduates who have delivered such inspiring lessons over the past three years, our Saturday School ambassador team and, of course, our wonderful young participants.

"It is such a pleasure working with energetic intelligent young people from all over London, and it is a real privilege to be able to open their eyes to new intellectual pursuits and to raise their aspirations. We hope that many of them make successful applications to UCL in Autumn 2012.”

Feedback from participants has been very positive. Current year 12 outreach student, Amir Said posted on the UCL Horizons Facebook page: “ Congratulations! Really appreciate all the pain-staking work you've put into Horizons from the very start! I've benefited from every Saturday session and summer school you've set up!  If it wasn’t for UCL Horizons guiding and teaching me new skills year after year, I don't know where I would be, nor would I know what I want to study at university if it wasn’t for your taster sessions (e.g. film-making, architecture, economics...) and the UCAS evening. Thanks a million for caring so much about each and every one of us!”

UCL Horizons are always keen to hear from UCL students and staff interested in schools outreach. If you are interested, you can find out more from the links below.

The UCL outreach team will be running an Outreach Week in October 2012 with lunchtime presentations and networking events for all staff and students. Dates and locations will be announced later this year on the Outreach website.

For further information on UCL Horizons and the London Education Partnership Awards please visit the links below.

Image: The UCL Horizons team with their award. L-R: Alice Salmon (UCL Outreach) Glen Smales (UCL Chemistry student and Saturday Group Leader), Alison Home  (Senior Outreach Officer for UCL Horizons), Ash Sakhardande (UCL Psychology student and Saturday Group Leader), Vij Cakli (UCL Physics graduate and Saturday Group Leader).


Related Links:

UCL Horizons
London Education Partnership Awards
UCL Horizons on Facebook