Category Archives: Widening Participation

Versed in Go Higher by Paul Smith


Wednesday was the last teaching day of Go Higher and most of our brilliant students are getting ready to begin their undergraduate degrees in September (after the small issue of getting their assessed assignments in later this month).
We celebrated in lots of ways, and this is a verse penned in response to Go Higher by our very own Paul Smith, who is going on to study arts subjects and achieve great things at Liverpool University and who is pictured here with his son George.

What do you have to do to get a place on Go Higher? By Claire Jones

This time of year is always interesting for the tutors on Go Higher as it is when we get to meet the people who may become our students next year. Applications are at their busiest now, as offers of places are made by the end of July and we begin the new academic year at the start of September.

This last few weeks I have got to meet people from  many different backgrounds and ages, all with unique stories as to why they want to do Go Higher, most with a view to starting an undergraduate degree programme in September 2016. This is not the only reason people apply to us however and some students join us undecided as to what  they want to do next after completing the course. They come to Go Higher to widen their options, experience being a part-time student and to have a second chance at higher education.

On campus and online: life as a student on Go Higher by Claire Jones

Since our students are only on campus for one day on a Wednesday, on Go Higher we use a range of strategies to support them during the rest of the week when they may be working, at home looking after a family or doing other things. In this way, we can provide teaching and contact to help students complete any research and assignments they need to complete for class. One of our most vital tools is VITAL – The University’s online platform for learning (view one of our online lectures below).

Nerves, trepidation & expectation: students’ reflections on their first day on Go Higher

Starting something new nearly always prompts anxious feelings; however returning to study after a long time away from education is probably more daunting than most. We asked some past Go Higher access students, now all half way through their degree at the University of Liverpool, how they remembered their first day with us:

What’s a typical Go Higher student?

January is the time when the Go Higher application system speeds up for people wanting to commence study on our part-time access course in September, with a view to beginning their undergraduate degrees in September 2016 (applications are open now if you’re one of them).

Over the last few months we have been doing some research into people who completed Go Higher two to three years ago and who are now in the first, second or third years of their undergraduate degree programme. The aim was to get a picture of a typical Go Higher student.

From Lightning to a Scholarship in a Flash by Bernadette McBride

It only seems like yesterday that I was heading to the Go Higher department of the University of Liverpool for the first time, to be interviewed for a place on their fast-track humanities based access course. My journey and preparation for the interview was blighted by my train station having been struck by lightning resulting in me being several hours late (a likely story) but true. A panicked phone call to Go Higher’s trusty administrator Anne and some serious public transport navigation later, I arrived at my destination.

Admin, Balzac & applying to Go Higher. By Anne Saunders

I’ve been mithered a bit or, rather, I feel mithered (just a bit) to write a blog to help with understanding the Go Higher admin processes. Frankly I can’t be bothered, which is why this has taken me so long.  Who really cares about administration except for administrators and even then I’m not so sure even we do most the time.  I feel the hoop-jumping just as much as anyone else.  Whatever course you would like to do, be it a three-day refresher in dog-grooming or a Masters in Astrobiology, you will have completed an application form and your data will have been squirrelled away.

What the class of 2014 did next by Claire Jones

Next week will see this year’s freshers arrive on campus at the University of Liverpool, as at most other university campuses across the UK. Among these will be a considerable number of Go Highers who completed our part-time access programme successfully last summer and who have won for themselves places on a range of undergraduate programmes starting this September.

Building confidence in learning is VITAL by Carol Brown

I and a teaching colleague recently attended the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference 2014 to share some of the methods we use on the Go Higher programme. The weekly Knowledge Reviews which feature on our social science modules prompted interesting debate and underlined the value of blended learning (combining online and face-to-face tuition).

Those Dorothy Moments! Life’s crossroads by Carol Brown

What a pleasure to meet the latest Go Higher students in the session Claire Jones asked me to deliver about my experience as a mature student. Currently on secondment in the Corporate Communications dept of the University, it was great to return to my spiritual home and find out how some of the students I had the pleasure of interviewing last summer are getting along. Having been a mature student myself, completing my Masters at the University of Salford at 35 and my teaching qualification at the University of Chester in my forties, I can definitely identify with some of the pressure that the ’Go Highers’ will be feeling now as final assessments are due.