PRESS RELEASE issued on behalf of the Aimhigher Peninsula
Programme by Sue Bradbury Tel: 01872 862226
A website that is already attracting favourable comments from the young people who use it has just been officially re-launched.
Year 9 pupils at Okehampton College gave the gr8 choice site the thumbs up when they visited it for the first time during a residential taster course at the University of Plymouth.
‘It’s nice to have a website about university because it helps you to understand it,’ said Kerry.
Classmate Emma agreed: ‘The site makes you feel that they care about your future.’
www.gr8choice.org has been around for the last two years but now has a totally new look – thanks to feedback from its users. The site is under constant development by Coleridge Productions and is based at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.
‘We wanted a dynamic, interactive site that would give young people the facts they need about higher education – but in their own language and in a fun
way,’ explained Kathryn Slater, the project worker. ‘Much of the content has been written by current higher education students because gr8 choice is very much about sharing real HE experiences.’
The website is part of the region’s Aimhigher Peninsula Programme – an
initiative that seeks to raise awareness of higher education possibilities amongst young people, many of whom have no university experience within their family background. Run by a partnership that comprises representatives from all of the South West’s education providers, the Programme includes a student ambassador scheme, summer schools, information provision and taster sessions.
‘Gr8choice will go on getting better and better if young people tell us what they want on the site and how it can be improved,’ said Kathryn Slater.
‘I like having a website that’s aimed at my age group,’ said George, another Year 9 student at Okehampton College.
‘It’s good information,’ said Samuel.
Clearly gr8 choice has made a great start.
Ends 9 July 2004
PHOTOS: Year 9 pupils from Okehampton College try out the website
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Launched in April 2003 by a large collaborative partnership of
education providers in the South West peninsula, the Aimhigher
Peninsula Programme aims to ‘turn the tide’ by providing higher
education opportunities for all. The Programme ‘supports the
Government’s agenda of increasing participation in higher education to
50% by 2010 – breaking down social and economic barriers that serve
to prevent access to, and participation in, higher education to all who
have the potential to benefit from it.’ (Business Plan, June 2003)
2. Funded jointly for three years (April 2003 – March 2006) by the Higher
Education Funding Council for England and the Learning and Skills
Council, the Aimhigher Peninsula Programme builds upon the
successful collaborative work of the smaller Peninsula Project (1999-
2003). It is also supported by a platform of complimentary activities
provided by individual partners.