08 Nov 2013

Widening Participation in University

University-Challenge-PosterOverview
‘The University Challenge’ is a theatrical performance that encourages pupils to consider higher education. The show is adaptable for years 8 to 11.

Key Aims

  • Promotes accessibility to higher education regardless of background or situation.
  • Highlights the importance of continuing in education.
  • Informs students of support networks available.
  • Demonstrates university is more than just academic studies.
  • Shows the progression routes of education; from GCSE to university.

Outputs

  • On tour to Northwest Schools since 2008.
  • Performed over 200 times to audience sizes of 30 – 250 people.
  • Reached in excess of 40,000 pupils.

Synopsis
The show has been touring since 2008 and has been funded by aimhigher boroughs across the northwest including, Cheshire and Warrington, Bolton and Manchester. During this time the show has reached in excess of 40,000 young people and the feedback has been fantastic. Below is just some of the feedback we have received:

2engages ‘University Challenge’ performance delivers a clear and thoroughly engaging message about young people’s future choices, options and expectations when they come to leave school through the medium of drama/comedy. By breaking down these areas into humorous, digestible sketches it turns what could be a very boring advice and guidance session into a fun, aspiration raising performance.
It s a fantastic show that is applicable to various year groups and can be delivered anywhere from a small class room to a large school hall or performance space. All of the students/ teachers that have watched it have found it completely engaging with the Q+ A session at the end proving to be a great success (as proven by the amount of questions that 2engage are asked). This is something that Aimhigher certainly plan to tour in our schools again.

The show has been touring since 2008 and has been funded by Aimhigher boroughs across the Northwest including Cheshire and Warrington, Bolton and Manchester. During this time the show has reached in excess of 40,000 young people and the feedback has been fantastic.

Reviews

“2engages ‘University Challenge’ performance delivers a clear and thoroughly engaging message about young people’s future choices, options and expectations when they come to leave school through the medium of comedy and drama. By breaking down these areas into humorous, digestible sketches it turns what could be a very boring advice and guidance session into a fun, aspiration raising performance.
It’s a fantastic show that is applicable to various year groups and can be delivered anywhere from a small class room to a large school hall or performance space. All of the students/ teachers that have watched it have found it completely engaging with the Q+ A session at the end proving to be a great success (as proven by the amount of questions that 2engage are asked). This is something that Aimhigher certainly plan to tour in our schools again.”

“The Manchester high schools who hosted the “University Challenge” were full of praise for the performance and felt it was pitched appropriately for the Year 9 learners, who were embarking on choosing their options. I can thoroughly recommend 2engage and look forward to them coming to our schools again.”

Les Barrett – Creative Industries Coordinator. 

“The drama duo were a great idea. All the university representatives were impressed with them and they got the idea of Higher Education across in a really entertaining way. The students that did attend were much more focused and asked some really good questions afterwards.”

Christine Oldham – Manchester boroughs Coordinator.

“I thought the event was a good one, the drama presentation especially was brilliant in the way it inspired the students to come and talk to the universities. I was busy from the end of the show till way after closing time! Fantastic show, great fun.”

Karen Mitchells – University Outreach Coordinator.

“This highly entertaining performance gives a comedic insight into the harsh world of growing up; making choices about the future, finding the right career and at the same time ‘The University Challenge’ promotes higher education and further learning.”

Jed Jepson – University Events Manger North West.

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