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Welcome to the July issue of GHWY's Newsletter for HE Providers.

The whole team at GHWY would like to extend our sincere thanks to the out-going Chairs of the Access and Participation Strategy Group (APSG) – Jo Tyssen from Leeds City College – and the Go Higher Skills Group (GHSG) – Ian Maude from Leeds Beckett University.  Thank you Jo and Ian for your time and commitment to supporting the important work of these two groups; in particular, both have seen a further increase in taking advantage of having 13 HE providers together in a room, for example through sharing good practice, which is greatly to the benefit of all members.   

We now delighted to welcome Martell Baines from Leeds Arts University who will step up as Chair of the APSG on 1 August, and Claire Pryke from the University of Bradford who joins as Vice Chair of this group, alongside Claire Newhouse from Leeds Trinity who takes on the role of Chair of the GHSG, with Zulakha Desai from Kirklees College joining as Vice Chair.   

Whilst Chairs and Vice Chairs of these groups represent the best interests of the partnership rather than their own institution, we are very pleased to have representation from a broad range of GHWY member institutions in these leadership positions.  We look forward to continuing to work with all members of these groups over the coming academic year, to reduce inequality in higher education access, success and progression. 



Reflections from our former Board Chair 

Professor Margaret House, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and former Chair of GHWY's Board, reflects on the consortium's achievements. 

Over the last seven years the consortium has grown, has attracted significant funding, and has become one of the country's most successful Uni Connect projects.

Read more.

GHWY's HE Festival Week goes to top of the class 

Over 800 people accessed information or live streamed activities during our inaugural  HE Festival Week. 

The event, which ran between 13-17 July, featured a wide range of activities that showed young people what HE options are available in the region. 

Our 13 partners all contributed to the development and delivery of the Week.

Read more.


Leeds College of Music announces name change 

Leeds College of Music has announced a name change that reflects the diversification of its offer. 

The institution will be renamed Leeds Conservatoire from 3 August. This follows its decision to launch programmes beyond music, to include drama and performing arts. 

Read more.

Blogs and events
Could Covid-19 have created a great time to start university? 

There could be a real opportunity for students to gain from the Covid-19 situation argues Ian Maude, Head of Apprenticeships at Leeds Beckett University. 

Studying will be different - with nearly all universities providing blended learning - but there are many benefits of having online lectures.

Read more.
Tips from Mental Health Awareness Week

For Mental Health Awareness Week, University Centre Leeds answered students' questions in relation to home learning / working and provided some tips. 

Jo Tyssen, its HE Business Development Manager, summarises some of the key points.

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How widening access work can support school attainment

When: Wednesday, 30 September between 9.30am-4pm
Where: Online

The online session, hosted by NEON, will consider the challenges and opportunities of engaging with schools to support increased attainment amongst disadvantaged pupils.

Further information and to register for a place.

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