25 November 2003
Students all set to aim higher
UNDER the Government's Aimhigher campaign, the Birmingham and Solihull Partnerships and Learning Links (BASPALL) initiative has been formed. The aim is for Further Education and Higher Education providers to work in partnership with schools to raise young students' aspirations and achievements.
Through the BASPALL partnership a pilot programme has begun between the International School and Community College and Aston University, UCE and Matthew Boulton College.
For a six week period, a group of 25 students will visit Aston University every wednesday afternoon to attend a variety of activities working with current university students. During these visits it's hoped that the young people will have a greater understanding about higher education, increase their confidence and forge a strong link with the university students.
Laurice Wilson, who is co-ordinating the scheme at Aston said: 'This is a pilot programme started at Aston University and it's been extremely successful. The 25 students who are taking part have thoroughly enjoyed spending time on a university campus and gaining an insight into what it's like to be a student.'
One of the visiting students added: 'I've completely changed my view on university and it looks a lot of fun.'
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Notes to editors:
� If you would like any more information about the types of Aimhigher activities at Aston University please contact Laurice Wilson on (0121) 204 3000 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org � For further information about the BASPALL Programme please contact Asif Iqbal at Matthew Boulton College on (0121) 446 4545 ext 3203.