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Broaden Your Horizons

By: Sophie Hazell

Want to experience higher education outside the South West? Here’s our pick of residential trips taking place further afield this summer.

Most universities and colleges will open their doors to young people throughout the summer, offering an unforgettable opportunity to experience what life at university or college is really like. From living in student accommodation and taking part in recreational activities to gaining first-hand insight into the specific courses and facilities available – residential trips are enjoyable and enlightening!

It’s easy to start looking for your next adventure by getting involved with our partner university/college summer events, visit our partner pages to find out more. If, however, your sights are set further afield, read on to discover opportunities beyond the South West region. The world is your oyster, let’s go!

Experience a taste of undergraduate life at Cambridge.
Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th June 2019
Open to Year 12 students at states schools in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset
To find out more click here to visit Discover Downing – South West Residential
Downing College will also reimburse travels expenses up to £150 when tickets are purchased using a 16-25 railcard

Law & Criminology and STEM
Monday 1st – Thursday 4th July 2019
Medicine and Humanities and Social Sciences  
Monday 8th – Thursday 11th July 2019
Open to eligible Year 12 students
This project is funded by Pathways a central England NCOP (travel may be funded), to complete the application form click here.

Canterbury, Epsom, & Rochester
Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th July 2019
Canterbury & Farnham
Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th July 2019
Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th July 2019
Open to Year 10-13 students
Specific summer school subjects will be confirmed soon, to stay updated about subjects visit the UCA website

The summer schools are grouped into two subject groups running at different times.
Science & Technology and Biochemistry & Biomedicine
Monday 8th – Friday 12th July 2019
Arts & Social Sciences and Business & Management
Sunday 21st – Thursday 25th July 2019
Open to Year 12 students who are eligible
To view the eligibility criteria and apply click here

New Political Minds Summer School
This is a three-day residential research workshop run by the prestigious Richardson Institute specialising in the field of Politics and International Relations.
Wednesday 28th, 29th and 30th August 2019
Open to Year 12 students, who are predicted ABB in their A Levels, who meet certain WP criteria and complete a short application form (there are only 32 places available)
Application deadline Friday 3rd May 2019
Complete application from here

Carlisle Campus
Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th July 2019
Open to Year 10 & 11 students
Lancaster Campus
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th July 2019
Open to Year 12 & 13 students
Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th July 2019
Open to Year 12 & 13 students
Different subjects are studied across these campuses, click here to view a full list of subjects

This 5-day July residential is for students considering a future in the creative and cultural industries. Each of the five summer schools focus on a different area from Fashion and Filmmaking to Architecture and Performance.
Monday 15th – Friday 19th July 2019, Monday 22nd – Friday 26th July 2019 & Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August 2019 (Subject dependent).
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
Open to Year 10 -13 students (or equivalent)
View Lincoln’s Creative Futures Summer Schools here

This summer school is for young carers and covers a range of subjects.
Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th July 2019.
Open to Year 9 – 11 students who are young carers
Discover University of Surrey summer school here

Get Set
A three-day residential summer school.
Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th July 2019
Open to students who will be at the end of Year 12 in July 2019, and come from backgrounds where Higher Education has not traditionally been studied.
To check whether you might be eligible to attend Get Set click here.
Get Ready
A one-day taster event
Tuesday 6th August 2019 – 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Open to students who will be at the end of Year 12 (or an equivalent level of study) in August 2019
Find out more by visiting the LIPA website here

A wide range of departments are taking part, so students can select the subject area they are most interested in pursuing.
Monday 29th July – Thursday 1st August 2019 & Monday 5th – Thursday 8th August 2019
(Subject dependant)
See what subjects are available here

Take part in university style sessions with motivational speakers and university lecturers as well as social activities ranging from fancy dress parties to karaoke and sport. There are two dates for different year groups.
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th August 2019
Open to Year 10 students
Find out more
Wednesday 8th – Friday 9th August 2019
Open to Year 12 students
Find out more
Applications close on Friday 3rd May

This is an opportunity for students to visit the University of Northampton’s new Waterside campus and to experience different teaching styles to identify how they learn best.
Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th July 2019
Open to Year 12
For more information visit: VIP University Residential or contact Pathways, the regional NCOP


But just in case you want to stay in the South West, here’s a list of summer schools that we’re running for Summer 2019…

  • Falmouth University & University of Exeter

University of Exeter Streatham Campus (Exeter)
Monday 8th – Wednesday 12th July 2019
Open to eligible Year 10 students
Find out more
University of Exeter Penryn Campus (Cornwall)
Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th July 2019
Open to eligible Year 10 students
Find out more

  • University of Plymouth

Naval Architecture Residential
This is a chance to see what’s involved in creating and maintaining different types of marine vessels. We are offering two fully funded places on this event, run by The Smallpeice Trust.
Monday 5th – Thursday 8th August 2019
Open to Year 11 & 12 students
Find out more

  • Plymouth Marjon University

Social Sciences Residential – Summer School
Choose from a range of different sessions in Social Sciences, including Psychology and Criminology.
Monday 15th – Thursday 18th July 2019
Open to Year 12 & 13 students
Find out more

To view a current list of upcoming NSSW events and activities click here
Remember if you’re taking part in an activity run by NSSW or any university or college we’d love to hear about it. Submit an idea for a blog piece or share your photos @NextStepsSW #WeAreNCOP

This feature was complied with the support of fellow NCOPs, we’d like to thank them for their contribution. View a full list of consortiums and find out how the work of NCOP is supporting students across the country on the Office for Students website.

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