What is the Explore University project?
Explore University is a collaborative partnership in the North West Midlands between four Higher Education Institutions: Harper Adams, Wolverhampton, Keele and Staffordshire. The partnership aims to widen participation in higher education and raise the aspiration and attainment of younger learners identified through working in partnership with 8 identified primary schools in the first instance.
Who is involved in the project?
Each university will choose two local schools to work with and will be part of a collaborative partnership involving students in Years 5 and 6 at the eight targeted schools, identified as widening participation (through the percentage of free school meals in school).
As the project is already underway, the eight schools have already been selected and if your child attends one of the schools in the list below then they are part of the project providing you give permission.
What do you need to do?
Other than supporting your child and actively discussing their time with the project, all we need from you is a signed parental consent form that allows your child to take part in the project. This form will ask a few questions about yourself and the child but nothing intrusive.
You can contact us at any time with any questions you may have about the project. It would be best to contact the person from the university that it partnered with your school, so see the table below and visit the team page to find the correct person.
|Windmill Primary||Telford||Harper Adams|
|Woodlands Primary||Telford||Harper Adams|
|St Matthew's C of E Primary||Telford||Wolverhampton|
|Wrockwardine Wood Junior||Telford||Wolverhampton|
|Hempstalls Primary||Newcastle Under Lyme||Keele|
|Harpfield Primary Academy||Stoke-on-Trent||Staffordshire|
|Flash Ley Community Primary||Stafford||Staffordshire|
"I think it's really important for our children to have an idea of what university is about and some of the opportunities that are open to them both locally and in the wider world - and how universities can give them a leg-up to get there. The pupils have had opportunities to do things that we wouldn't normally be able to do at school and have had specialists talk to them about different fields of interest, which has been really valuable."
Teacher at Flash Ley Primary School, Stafford