‘Preparing for University’ at the Harris Federation

Future First began working with the Harris Federation in 2015. We’re helping them to grow an alumni network to inspire students from across the Harris network to aim high for university.

Over 200 Year 12 students from across the Harris Federation recently took part in a ‘Preparing for University’ session. The event saw more than 200 high attaining students from across 14 different schools attend, as well as 10 alumni in various careers and university courses. Students heard from alumni about their university experience and how they made their subject and institution choices. They also discussed myths about Russell group universities, such as the number of private school students there.

Students then broke into groups to take part in ‘university style seminars’, each relating to the degree subject of the alumni. Alumni coached students through reading exercises and answered questions ranging from specific course details to surviving financially away from home.

The session received fantastic feedback from students, alumni and teachers. Harris now plan to make it an annual event for incoming sixth formers.