US in Schools
The University of Sheffield is committed to working with local schools and colleges to ensure that young people with the potential to pursue their education at a research led Higher Education Institution are made fully aware of their options.
The University of Sheffield funds a local mentoring scheme to support young people through some of the most crucial decision-making stages of their school career.
The aims of US in Schools – Mentoring , are:
- To raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in local schools through the support and guidance provided by current University of Sheffield students
- To provide current University of Sheffield students with the opportunity of working in local schools to develop a range of skills required for careers in the educational/youth sector
The University will be working with schools in the local area to identify young people who can benefit from the support and guidance of our students. The scheme will particularly focus on young people in years 9, 10 and 11 who fall into one or more of the criteria below:
• From areas with low participation in Higher Education and lower socio-economic areas
• Be in the first generation of their family to enter Higher Education
• Have a declared disability
• Are Looked After Children
• Have individual circumstances that mean they will need to overcome other barriers to learning / progression
All of the young people who receive support from a student mentor will:
1. Have the academic potential to succeed in higher education
2. Demonstrate a commitment to their studies