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Updates from the Partnership Development Office about forthcoming outreach opportunities
Partner and KMPF Schools Bulletin
01 June 2020

Updates

Dear <<First Name>>,

We hope that you are keeping well. As we move into the next stage of lockdown and some students return to schools, we are looking forward to restarting some face-to-face contact with your students when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have launched a number of online outreach activities which are now available for booking and will hopefully provide your students with a positive, albeit different, taste of university life. Please contact your Outreach Coordinator or follow our Twitter feed if you have any questions about them.

We will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future and are unlikely to be back on campus until July at the earliest. However, you can still contact us by email or telephone if you would like to talk to one of us, particularly if you are starting to think about the new academic year. If you have specific needs or concerns for a particular group of students which you think we might be able to help with, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,
Vanessa, Natasha, Jamie, Nicola, Francesca. Roxanne and Beth

Events and Activities

Modern Languages Teaching Forum

Over 150 teachers from all levels of education and several different countries attended the virtual Modern Languages Teaching Forum hosted by the School of European Culture and Languages. A report on the forum and links to the materials and software shared can be found on the University of Kent website.

Medical School Admissions Webinar

8 June 2020 from 11am-12pm

The Medical Schools Council will be hosting a webinar for teachers and careers advisors that explores helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds apply to study medicine. To book onto this event, please follow the link above.

Year 12 Virtual Visit Days

Various dates in June 2020 

We are looking to run four year 12 visits on Zoom throughout June. The day will consist of the following activities: TED-style talk about the benefits of Higher Education, subject taster session, virtual campus tour and Q+A with university staff and ambassadors. 

 

  • If you are a KMPF and/or Partner school, your students can take part on either Wednesday 10 June or Saturday 20 June.
  • If you are a KaMCOP (but not KMPF/Partner) school, your students can take part on either Wednesday 17 June or Saturday 27 June.

Please note, we will be unable to run a visit day with less than 10 students. There is also a maximum capacity of 40 students for each visit. To express interest or to book onto one of the visit days, please contact outreach@kent.ac.uk. 

Online Debating 

The debating sessions have been designed to help students in year 9 and 10 feel more comfortable articulating their opinions, as well as increase their confidence in public speaking. This 6-week module is best delivered an hour each week, and will introduce students to the British Parliamentary Debating (BPD). In each session, students will participate in mini-debates, with the aim of having two full-length debated in the last sessions. Given the interactive nature of the sessions, these will be run on Zoom. The sessions will be run by a member of staff, and supported by University student ambassadors. This can be run for individual schools who have a minimum of 10 students interested, or multi-school if schools have a smaller group of students who want to take part. Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk to express interest in this activity. 

Year 10 University Experience

We are still welcoming expressions of interest for the self-guided year 10 university experience. Students will have the opportunity to go on video tours of the campus, guided by current university students, as well as sample mini-lectures from University of Kent postgraduate students. They are thinking about life after COVID-19 and we'd like to challenge your students to do the same, and will be publishing the best responses on our Outreach blog. What do they think the world will be like after lockdown? What do they hope will change? Please email outreach@kent.ac.uk to express interest or book this visit day.

'Making the News, Faking the News: Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic' (KaMCOP Activity)

We are still welcoming expressions of interest for this activity, aimed at KaMCOP students in year 9 and 10. This event will offer participants the opportunity to explore the shifting nature of communication in the current health crisis, the role of the media in communicating to the public, and the key features of effective communication in two academic disciplines. The event will take place on Zoom and will be hosted by University of Kent staff. At the end of the event, students will submit a piece of work (an article, poster, video, or podcast) in which they will analyse a piece of the news that they think distorts or misrepresents the facts. If you are interested in offering this experience to your KaMCOP students, please contact Roxanne Conlon (r.conlon@kent.ac.uk).

'Where Next' Sixth Form Talks

We are still welcoming expressions of interest for the online 'Where Next' programme. The programme, aimed at year 12 students, consists of four talks: 'what do I want to do with my future', 'what do I want to do at university', 'how do I apply to university' and 'how do I afford university'. There will also be the opportunity for teachers and students to take part in an online question and answer session with University staff and ambassadors. Please contact outreach@kent.ac.uk if you are interested in booking these talks.

To find out more about the University’s outreach provision, please call 01227 824149 or contact us using one of the methods below.
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