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Junior University: everything you need to know

Find out more about Junior University, our new programme that aims to broaden future horizons, by pairing undergraduate mentors with 14-15 year old students to give them a flavour of university study...

The Transformation Trust - Junior UniversityWhich? University is all about online resources, tools and advice to help students make more informed decisions about Higher Education (HE) - enabling you to advise your students on the range of future options out there, including those who might not even be considering university.

That’s why we're really excited to team up with the education charity The Transformation Trust on something a little different: a brand-new programme taking us into classrooms to help give young people a real opportunity to broaden their future horizons.

Junior Uni: in a nutshell

Junior University is designed to help widen participation amongst 14-15 year-olds in schools that receive a higher than average amount of pupil premium funding, before they make up their minds about their future path. 

While university isn’t for everyone, we want to ensure young people make decisions based on the full spectrum of options out there.

Working side-by-side with undergraduate mentors on a joint academic project, the programme will offer young people a real flavour of what degree studies and uni life are all about.

As well as helping students develop new knowledge, skills and confidence (and have fun along the way!) we hope to enable students to make more informed choices later on.

How it works

  • Group mentoring: pairs of undergraduates from participating universities team up with groups of school students, working together on joint project-based work.
  • Academic project: the teams develop the project over a series of six sessions held at the school.
  • End-of-year university visit: the culmination of the programme will see the students visiting their host university to present their projects and get out and about on campus.
  • Good for students: Junior University will develop students' knowledge and skills in a new subject area, as well as offering an insight into what university is all about, from studying to the student experience - great for informing those future plans.
  • Good for undergrads, too: the programme is rewarding for the university participants as well, providing them with valuable experience of leading a project in a school environment and acting as mentor to younger pupils.

Which? University will be on hand throughout the project to equip everyone involved with tools and materials to help make the experience as valuable as possible.

What last year's participants say

We revisited some of the undergraduate mentors and school students who participated in last year's Junior University scheme to find out what they took away from the scheme and why they're glad they took part:

Keep in touch

Our Junior University programme will see 11 universities engage with 50 state secondary schools that receive a higher than average amount of pupil premium funding over the course of the next academic year, reaching a total of 3,000 Year 10 students.

Interested in finding out more about future opportunities to get involved with Junior University or other activities offered by The Transformation Trust? You can contact them here.

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