Students at Wilberforce Sixth Form College will now have extra support to help them take the next step in their education, thanks to a new partnership with the University of Hull.
Although the two institutions have worked together for a number of years, this new Principal Partner arrangement will see the University provide specialist advice, mentoring and ICT resources for Wilberforce students.
They will be able to attend lectures delivered by University academics and speak to current University of Hull students about what life is like in higher education (HE).
The University has also sponsored a classroom and ICT facilities at the college, and will provide both online resources and dedicated staff to further support students’ progression into HE.
The new partnership agreement will be signed by senior representatives from the University and Wilberforce this week.
Wilberforce Principal, David Cooper, said: “Wilberforce Sixth Form College has a long-standing relationship with the University of Hull which has always worked to serve the best interests of students. This Partnership Agreement deepens that relationship significantly.
“At a time when the Humber region is entering a period of major investment and regeneration, this Partnership enables both institutions to work together to ensure that the educational resources and pathways are there to meet the future skills challenges. It ensures that our gifted young people have the educational opportunities to transform their considerable talents into sustained, prosperous and productive careers.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Hull, Professor Alan Speight, is signing the agreement on the University’s behalf.
He said: “We are proud to have long-established links with colleges and schools in the region and this new partnership will further strengthen that relationship.
“We know that it’s a big decision to apply to university and we want to provide local college students with as much practical support as possible to make that progression easier.
“By giving sixth formers a taste of university life through academic lectures and mentoring from our own students we hope we can inspire those currently at college to take that next step in their education.”
The partnership agreement will be signed on Thursday 8 December, when the new classroom and ICT facilities will be officially unveiled.
The University of Hull works with schools and colleges around the country, but particularly in the Yorkshire and Humber region, providing outreach activity including taster days and residential summer schools. Each year the University welcomes around 15,000 school and college students onto its campus organised by its Schools and Colleges Liaison team.
The new Principal Partner scheme will initially include Wyke, Wilberforce and Franklin colleges but it is hoped it will roll out to other sixth forms around the Yorkshire region in the coming years.