In our 2021 summer school we invite you to explore the theme of ‘Breaking Barriers’ and to join us in our pledge to build a fairer world. The summer school is divided into three sections:
Where is your ‘glass ceiling’? What barriers might you face and how can you overcome them? How does knowing yourself and understanding others help you to succeed?
Experience taster sessions from our research themes such as the ‘Future Human’ and ‘Migration and Movement’, which break down traditional boundaries between subject areas. Can we learn Biology through Music or History through Art? Does breaking down these academic barriers help us to better overcome the global challenges we face?
You will use your knowledge of different subjects to creatively explore solutions to the inequalities which create barriers in our communities. Our student ambassadors from a range of subject areas will support you to develop your vision for the future, in a form of your choice. This could be a podcast, a video clip, a poster, an essay… The options are endless! At the end of the summer school we will capture your vision in our digital time capsule, to enable future generations to understand and measure the progress made towards reducing inequalities in our communities.
The University of Kent has lots of experience running summer schools to introduce students to university life, to help them understand their options and make the choices about the next steps in their educational journey.
This year life is a little different, so as well as all of these things, we also want to give you the chance to build skills to help you succeed which you may not be able to get from elsewhere because of the current restrictions.
We’ll give you the space and the support to think deeply and try new things, the chance to meet new people, to ask questions, and to express your opinion.
We want to ensure that access to technology is not a barrier! Ideally, you need a tablet, PC or laptop and a reliable internet connection to access the virtual summer school sessions. If you do not have access to one of these, please specify in your application and contact email@example.com and we will do our best to help.
The summer school is completely free of charge! There is no cost to you at all, and we will even include some free goodies… and prizes!
We are looking for students who:
Priority will be given to students at the University’s partner and KMPF schools and colleges, but the summer school is open to all so we encourage you to apply!
Applications should reach us by midnight on Sunday 16 May 2021.
The Summer Schools will take place on the following dates:
Year 12: Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 July 2021
Year 10: Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 July 2021
We know that virtual sessions can be quite tiring, so we will make sure that we just have 2-3 hours contact time per day, with a few activities in between! If you are still in school during these dates let us know and we will talk to your school.
We are running a research project, led by Transforming Access and Student Outcomes, to test whether participation in a university summer school will help pupils to aspire and progress to university.
The summer school you have applied to is part of this project. This video outlines the research project and what it means for students who are taking part.