Reaching 30 centres: the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North and IntoUniversity Coventry

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry (Left) and at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester (Right)

Over the last month, IntoUniversity has launched two new centres: IntoUniversity Manchester and IntoUniversity Coventry, in partnership with The University of Manchester and The University of Warwick respectively. Both centres opened in October and will be working with these two communities to raise students’ aspirations.

IntoUniversity has now reached 30 centres or extension projects across the UK; a fantastic achievement for the charity. Take a look at some of the photos from the launches below as well as quotes from students about the impact of IntoUniversity.

Bee mural designed by students at IntoUniversity Manchester North
When I am older, I want to become an engineer because I love
designing and making things. I came to the community open day when the centre first opened, with my family and cousins. We got the chance to design a hexagon for the bee mural on the wall. Other than Academic Support, I have been part of a Science Holiday FOCUS week, where we got to make slime, strawberry DNA and learn about endangered animals. I really enjoyed visiting Jodrell Bank and seeing a hydrogen explosion in a science demonstration.
Tomas, Year 6 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Tomas and Keira, Year 6 students, speaking at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
I joined Academic Support in November, after Izzy and Olivia came
into my school to do an assembly about IntoUniversity. Our first degree topic
which we began to learn about was Astronomy, including gravity, spacecraft
forces and the items you need to go into space with. My favourite session was
making smoothies for our Nutrition topic, it tasted delicious! Finally, we both took part in a Year 6 FOCUS week, where we learnt about the degree, Engineering. I was in team Yuan Chung Fung who was a famous bioengineer. My favourite part of the week was having the chance to graduate at The University of Manchester and wear a cap and gown.
Keira, Year 6 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Primary students doing an activity based around university courses at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Since coming I have been working on Future Readiness, long term projects which help you to learn new skills such as communication and leadership. My recent project was about 50 Years of Activism, where I learnt more about the LGBTQ+ community and how social change is brought about.
Sihaam, Year 7 student at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Angel and Sihaam, Secondary students, speaking at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
I really enjoy coming to Academic Support because it was a ‘fresh start’ separate from school, starting a new after school club, with new students I hadn’t met before and staff. Since starting, I have now developed lots of additional skills such as improving my confidence. I can now stand up in front of lots of new adults and confidently talk to you about my time so far at IntoUniversity Manchester North.
Angel, Year 8 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Students, staff and parents celebrate the launch of IntoUniversity Manchester North
Students pose with (from left to right) Hugh Rayment-Pickard (Chief Strategy Officer, IntoUniversity), Stuart Croft (Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick), Rachel Carr (Chief Executive, IntoUniversity) and Rebecca Ward (Team Leader, IntoUniversity Coventry) at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
The people who work here — Rebecca, Georgia, Ashy and Andy — are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’ve been coming since it opened and I know that I won’t be leaving any time soon — I love coming here every week, and Academic Support has really helped me achieve my learning goals!
Nadiah, Year 6 student at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
Nadiah, Year 6 student, speaking at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
My favourite memory of IntoUniversity has been visiting The University of Warwick with my class as part of the FOCUS week. I really enjoyed presenting everything we had learnt during our graduation ceremony; and I was so impressed with how huge the University of Warwick is — with so much to offer! It really excited me about the prospect of going to university when I’m older.
Prince, Year 6 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
Lord Mayor of Coventry, John Blundell, chats to students and staff
Coming to Academic Support has helped me to think about my future aspirations. After completing a Future Readiness project about different careers, I was set on becoming a midwife. I’ve researched the grades I need to study this at university, and it’s helped me to aim for 7s in Maths, Science and English.
Fadhi, Year 8 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
MK and Fahdi, Secondary students, speaking at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
I think my confidence has really improved since coming here — I never thought I’d be doing a speech to so many people!
MK, Year 7 student, at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry
Students pose with balloons at the launch of IntoUniversity Coventry, our 30th centre or extension project