Good morning Year Nine, and parents, carers, supporters, any teachers that are
joining us this morning.
Thank you very much for logging on today. My name is Matt Beswick and I'm the Shine Programme Manager at the University of York.
And I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Shine Programme and also to the Festive Celebration Event today.
We move on to the next slide. So we've got a jam packed programme this
morning over the next hour.
But before we get started, I just wanted to
cover a little bit of housekeeping and provide a few friendly reminder just so we
can all enjoy this event.
So please, can we ensure that your Zoom name features your Shine student's first name and the initial of their surname?
And this is because we add in a little bit of a register so we can make sure that everybody on this Zoom call is accounted for.
So please, can we just ask that you change your Zoom name to your Shine student's first name and the first initial of their surname,
and you can do this by clicking onto the participant option on your screen and locating your name and then you'll be able to rename yourself from there as well.
If you have any issues, please feel free to get in touch with the at the Shine inbox, and we'll be able to kind of support you from there as well.
To help with any kind of noise disruption throughout our Shine event, please can we just ensure that you keep your microphone on mute so there's no noise disruption and everybody can hear all the audio perfectly.
So there is a chat function - at the moment the chat function has currently been deactivated. We will turn this chat function on later. So if you do have any questions, please feel free to ask any questions to the Shine team once we have this chat function activated.
And just a little bit of a polite and friendly reminder that the chat function
is visible to everybody,
so please do not post any personal information in the chat and just be mindful that
your message will be seen by everybody.
And if you do have a personal question or a question that you do not feel comfortable sharing in the chat, that's absolutely fine.
And we just ask you if you could post that message to the Shine inbox and the email address is on your screen now for any kind of personal questions that you want to kind of ask the Shine team.
So today's plans: as mentioned, over the next hour, we've got various sessions where we aim to celebrate our Shine students joining the programme and begin to introduce you all to the Shine programme in more detail and begin to introduce you to higher education and the university.
So the first session is all around a welcome introduction, introducing you to Shine to better understand what the Shine programme actually is and how you will all be engaged with the Shine programme over the years to come.
And then afterwards we're gonna go onto an interactive activity, where you will be getting involved, where we aim to start introducing you to higher education and demystifying university and higher education through a fun "fact or myth?" activity,
then after that, we're going to hear from our Shine Alumni.
So we've got a previous Shine student on the call this morning.
So Chloe is a previous Shine student and she'll be coming along a little bit later on to share her experience of Shine.
And then after that, we've got a Q and A session where you can ask all your questions to the Shine team.
But also you have any questions for Chloe as well - our previous Shine Alumni - you can ask any questions to Chloe as well.
And then finally, we're going to wrap up in our closing talk and look about the next steps as to how you will be engaging with Shine going forward.
So I wanted to introduce you first to your friendly and knowledgeable Shine team,
and you will see all their pictures on your screen now. So, firstly, as I mentioned earlier, my name is Matt Beswick and I am the Shine Programme Manager at the University of York,
and within my role, my aim is to ensure that Shine is setting out what it intends to do, to make sure the Shine programme is meeting our aims and objectives, to make sure that we're working with talented students like yourselves on the call this morning.
Chloé and Laura are the Shine Programme Officers and it's very hard for me to encapsulate what Chloé and Laura do in just a few short sentences.
And whatever I do say, I will never give them full credit for what they actually do.
But Chloé and Laura, they get stuck into all aspects of the Shine programme from planning,
preparing and delivery of our events as well. Chloé and Laura are both big advocates for the Shine programme and their role is to ensure that all students get the most out of the programme as possible.
Sadly, Chloé and Laura can't be here today but you will see them as you progress throughout the Shine programme.
So next up is Aimee and Benjamin.
Aimee and Benjamin are our Shine Programme Graduate Coordinators.
So they are both recent graduates at the University of York. So they graduated, I believe last year it was and they now work within the Shine team
and they provide great insights with kind of planning, preparing and delivering on all our Shine events.
And then last but not least, we have got Fred. Fred is our Shine Programme Administrator and Fred works primarily behind the scenes.
But is always around all our Shine events and Fred really does ensure that our Shine events run as smoothly as possible and with all kinds of logistics and planning and so forth, really.
We've also got some Shine Programme Interns. So these are current students at the University of York who support the Shine programme by creating fantastic content.
And they really do provide valuable insights by bringing a student voice to all our activities and all our events as well.
So as you progress throughout the Shine programme,
you'll definitely see our Shine Interns as well - our programme Interns.
And finally, the last kind of people to introduce you to will be the Shine Coordinators.
So within each of our Shine schools, there is a member of school stuff who supports the Shine team, and the Shine Coordinator is our main contact within each of our Shine schools.
And so we work with 29 secondary schools across the region
and within each of our 29 schools,
there is a member of staff that the Shine team works closely with and we work closely with the Shine Coordinator in each of our Shine schools to ensure that the Shine programme runs as smoothly as possible.
So in terms of Shine and what our mission actually is, Shine is a progressive programme provided to support students from Year 7 through to Year 11.
So students they start with us in Year 7,
and they progress through the Shine programme as they progress through school
all the way through to Year 11.
And we very much work in partnership with schools across the region where Shine aims to engage with talented students throughout their secondary education.
And this is particularly and most frequently from Year 9 onwards.
So this is where we work with students from all year groups. But in Year 9, this is where we ask our Shine Coordinators and the members of school staff to select a small group of students to take part in Shine and in more detail from Year 9 through to Year 11.
And this is where you all come into it on the call. Shine is such a competitive programme to join and we do have
limited spaces in Year 9 and so Year 9s on the call this morning -
so Year 9s on the call this morning your Coordinators have especially highlighted and chosen you to be part of the Shine programme this morning.
And yes, you will be able to take part and so your Shine Coordinators have specially chosen you to take part,
shall I say, and you're quite especially highlight and chosen our of your whole year group.
So we asked our Shine Coordinators to select talented students who they believe have the potential and we look forward to working with you.
And with Shine we're really passionate about working with talented students and we want to support you throughout all your studies.
If that is providing you with lots of information about kind of studying, your next steps after school and so much more as well.
And with this whole kind of aim of the Shine programme, is to raise your knowledge and awareness of higher education but also inspiring and motivating you as well to realise your potential - all with this overall aim of allowing students to make an informed decision about their future.
And if that is university and higher education, fantastic.
But if it's not, that's absolutely fine because being part of the Shine programme,
our students have a new knowledge and awareness of university and higher education and they can make their own informed decision.
And that's what Shine is all about - supporting our students with all the different career pathways out there,
all the different options for our students and making sure that by the end of the Shine programme,
the student feels really empowered to make their own decisions about their future.
So I mentioned that we work with lots of schools across the region and at the moment the Shine programme works with 29 secondary schools, and on your screen,
now you'll be able to see a map and on the right hand side and you can see all these little kind of pinpoints.
And these pinpoints represent each of the schools that we work in. So we work with schools up in the North East.
So if you'll join us from the North East this morning, a big hello to you all from Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
We also work with schools in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire,
Hull and the Humber and also the North East Lincolnshire as well. So a big welcome to you all if you are joining us this morning.
But this just kind of give you a really kind of useful map to show the areas in which Shine works - we're quite a big programme with lots of students,
lots of students, lots of schools. And this just shows you where where we work with all the students and the schools.
So I want to give you a little bit of an overview of the Shine programme as it is quite a big programme.
And I want to kind of outline what Shine does in Year 7 and Year 8, but also what you,
what Shine students do in Year 9 and also when they get into Year 10 and Year 11 as well.
So in terms of Year 7 and 8, the overview of the Shine programme is that we aim to engage as many students as possible from our partner schools in Year 7 and Year 8.
Shine does this through assemblies and online activities
and then when students progress into Year 9, that's when Shine asked our Shine Coordinators to select a small group of talented students to take part in Shine's more immersive aspects of the Shine programme.
So we asked our Shine schools to select a smaller group of students. And the first event for this smaller group of students is the Festive Celebration,
which is what you are doing now. And this is an event all to celebrate the students joining the Shine programme and to welcome them to the programme
and then as well in Year 9, later in the academic year, Year 9 students will be visiting the University of York for your first campus visit in May.
And then when you progress into Year 10 in September 2023, when you join Year 10, Shine offers a short residential stay at the University of York and this is always a highlight of the Shine programme.
We always get fantastic feedback where students they come,
they stay at the University of York,
they stay in university accommodation, they take part in
academic sessions, student life sessions and they get a really good snapshot of what it's like to be a student at university.
And so this will be coming up for you Year 9 when you progress into Year 10 and in the next academic year.
And then moving on to Year 11. So Year 11 is the final part of the Shine programme where Shine aims to prepare students for Year 11 and beyond.
We know Year 11 is such an important year. So the whole of Shine in Year 11 is to support our Shine students throughout the year and their upcoming GCSEs.
And the first event for that is the Shine Summit and we call it the Shine Summit because we think of it as a mountain where students start at the very bottom of the mountain and now they're all the way to the very top, on top of the Shine Summit.
And at our Shine Summit event, we have lots of sessions around and study skills and revision skills, building resilience,
building confidence and also have a lot of sessions around raising knowledge and awareness of students Post-16 options whether that be A-Levels, BTECs, vocational, non-vocational courses.
So by the end of the Shine Summit, we really hope that our Shine students in Year 11 feel really prepared to tackle Year 11 and beyond,
And then the final event for the Year 11s will be the Summer Celebration, so very similar to what you're taking part in right now.
The Summer Celebration is a celebration event taking place online to celebrate the Shine students finishing school,
finishing their GCSEs, finishing the Shine programme, and the whole aim of the Summer Celebration is to celebrate all our students successes and to help them and prepare them for all their Post-16 adventures.
So what happens after Shine? So as I mentioned, the Shine programme is a programme for students in Year 7 through to Year 11.
And sadly, the Shine programme does end in Year 11.
However, after completing the Shine programme,
many students do decide to take part in programmes that the Access and Outreach team offer.
So the Shine programme, we fall under the Access and Outreach team, and this is our logo in the top right hand side of your screen.
So the Shine programme is part of the Access and Outreach team. But the Access and Outreach team also has a lot of other exciting programmes as well,
so we have some programmes for students when they progress into Year 12 or Level 3: Year 1 qualifications, and that can be the Next Step York programme, that could be Realising Opportunities,
we've also got the York Experience Summer School and we've also got a programme called Black Access.
So these are programmes that many students after finishing the Shine programme, they do progress on to do. There's no expectation and there's no pressure it's up to if the student would like to do so.
But these programmes, we talk about these more frequently from Year 11,
but they're all around supporting students transitioning from school, college to university.
So a lot of these programmes on your screen now, they're great continuations to Shine.
They build upon that great knowledge, that great work of our students are putting into the Shine programme and they take it one step further.
So looking at transitional skills, looking at supporting, so kind of selecting a university,
selecting a course, and they do a lot around so soft skills,
kind of how you transition to university.
And there's a lot as well surrounding applying,
so "how do you apply to university?" or things all sort of student finance as well.
Stuff that Shine does cover, but it doesn't go into too much detail and that's why these programmes are great continuations to the Shine programme.
So at the moment, if students take part in these programmes and they complete all these programmes to a standard, the student could be considered for a guaranteed interview or an offer to study at the University of York at this moment.
There is also, if students do complete these programmes, they could be offered an alternative offer to study at the University of York.
And this alternative offer is up to three grades lower than the typical offer that's published on our website
and as well if students complete these programmes to our standard that we set, there is also transitional support and there could also be the opportunity for some financial support in terms of bursaries and scholarships as well.
But we won't go into too much detail.
But as I mentioned, we speak about this a lot more in Year 11,
particularly at our Summer Celebration as well. We want to introduce you to what happens after the Shine programme.
It doesn't just end in Year 11 and there are all these programmes and opportunities as well.
So that gives you hopefully a little bit of an introduction to the Shine programme and hopefully you feel a bit more comfortable about what Shine is,
what it involves, who the team are and how you'll be engaging with the Shine programme over the years to come.
I'm now going to hand over to my colleague Aimee. As I mentioned, Aimee is one of our Graduate Coordinators.
So Aimee was a recent graduate of the University of York who now works in the Shine team.
And Aimee will be leading on our higher education "Fact or Myth?" activity,
So I will hand over now to Aimee.
Hello. That was a really nice introduction. Thank you so much. I definitely think I get the best job this morning because I get to take you through the "Fact or Myth?"
We know there's a lot of myths around higher education and we really want to dispel those,
and kind of give you a little bit more information as well.
So how it's gonna work is -
if I can get this work - hopefully.
There we go. So a statement will appear on the screen and we would like you to decide if it is going to be a fact or if it is a myth.
And Matt has very kindly created some polls for us to do on Zoom.
So a voting box will then pop up and you'll be able to either select fact or myth.
So the wonders of technology right there!
So we're going to have a little practice now!
So the first one.
only wealthy students can afford to go to university. Is this fact or is this a myth?
So I know this is definitely something that I've thought of before.
A couple of facts, A couple of myths.
Okay, we've got 10 more to go.
we can see that most people have gone for fact, which makes me very happy, because it is,
in fact, a myth.
Universities can charge up to £9250 a year for tuition fees, but there are no up front costs for students.
That's included in the tuition fee loan.
A university can only charge the maximum fees if they offer increased financial support for students who would benefit from bursaries and scholarships.
So it is in fact, a myth, which makes me very happy, because it's definitely something that I thought when I was thinking about university.
But it is a myth, and there's lots of support available. Lots of financial support available.
If you are raising a hand for a question, we'll have a specific Q and A section in a little bit,
so save your questions for then. That would be great. Okay, next one:
Every student is entitled to a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of their course,
is this a fact or is it a myth?
So I'll give you a couple of seconds.
Some people are very, very quick.
Well, this has got a bit more of a mixed
mix of some facts or myth.
10 more people.
Okay, so we've got 87% have gone for fact, and 13% have gone for myth.
So I can tell you it is in fact,
So all students can receive a loan from the government to cover the cost of their study,
and this is paid directly to their university, so it will never come into your bank account.
It goes straight to the university, and this is what is called a tuition fee loan.
So that £9250 is covered within the tuition fee loan and paid directly to the university.
So student loan repayments will be expensive and stressful. So is this a fact or is it a myth?
This one's a bit harder, I think.
Okay, we've got 50 / 50 kind of split.
A lot more mixed on this one.
Okay, so we've got 63% from myth and 37% for fact.
And it is, in fact,
So you don't have to start paying back your loan immediately once you finish graduating,
and you only start to pay it back when you earn over a certain amount each year.
And when you reach that threshold,
you only repay about 9% of your income above this threshold.
So at the moment, you must be earning over £27,295 before you're expected to start paying it back.
few examples there. If you're earning £28,800 it would only be about £11 per month, which is cheaper than your Netflix subscription at the moment.
So it is
an investment in your future, but it's not, it doesn't overwhelm you when it comes.
You don't have to pay all back immediately.
And I think at the moment as well, after 30 years, that loan gets written off. So if you haven't paid that all back,
that gets written off.
Okay, I think
at university you study the same subjects as you do at school. Is that a fact or is it a myth?
So we've got about 84% - 85% for myth,
about 17% for fact.
let's have a look.
It is, in fact, a myth.
So you can choose to study a subject at university that you are currently studying
should you wish, so that could be Science, English, Art, Maths, Geography, History,
Drama or Languages.
But there are about 50,000 different degrees out there. Anything from Floral Design to Genetics to Electronic Engineering.
I did Education, and I know Benjamin did Law. So there's loads of different things that you can do and explore new and exciting topics and specialisms
and learn from experts as well, which I think is really, really cool.
And typically, students will study for one subject in great detail for about 3 to 4 years.
This is obviously different if you are wanting to study Medicine or any medical subjects,
but you are able to do a joint honours subject, a joint honours degree - sorry.
And these are two closely linked subjects together.
So that might be Physics and Maths or History and Politics.
And those you can study as well, and there are still 3 to 4 years,
so it's a really cool thing.
like school, you learn at university in a classroom setting. Is it a fact, or is it a myth?
Okay, some very quick responders!
About 50% of people
so a little bit more split this time. So you've got about 68% of people thinking it's a myth and 32% thinking that it is indeed a fact.
So I can reveal
that is a myth.
One of the most exciting aspects of the university is how your subject is taught.
It's a lot different to school, so we have things called lectures where leading academics will introduce you to topics, these can be an hour or two hours,
and they tend to be in big halls and can be, I know mine was about 90 people, but that can go up to about 200 people
within your lecture, and it gives you a great overview of the topic. And usually those academics are the ones doing research surrounding that topic as well.
So it's really, really cool, and then, as well as your lectures. You will then meet in smaller groups a little bit like classrooms and these are called seminars.
So you'll discuss the topic that you may have discussed in your lecture in smaller groups.
And this is a chance for you to really talk about what you've been learning, debate your thoughts and ideas and ask any questions that you might have and really learn from each other as well.
But that's a lot more like a classroom based approach.
If you're doing certain subject,
you might be taken on trips to museums or historical sites or even to other countries,
and I know someone who is studying History got a historical tour around the University of York and York itself because we have tons and tons of history on offer.
You'll read books, watch films and listen to guest speakers.
And you'll also access state of the art facilities such as labs, studios, tech suites,
libraries, simulation hospitals. I know we have a sleep lab as well at the University of York.
So universities are constantly improving themselves and ensuring that their students have the best materials available to use and study from.
So I think this may be one of our last ones. So university students spend all their time studying - fact or myth?
I know this is something that is widely debated. There was very strong reactions. They're very strong answers.
Okay, so we - I think that's decided that the majority -
96% of people believe that is indeed a myth,
and we can absolutely attest that it is a myth.
As well as the academic side of university,
there's a whole other side that's really exciting. It's the social side and the ability to gain new experiences that you might not be able to get
and enjoying time away from study as well. And it's not all about
academic or revising or your study time.
So students have the opportunity to join sports clubs,
societies, volunteering teams, get part time jobs or just explore their university city.
We have tons and tons on offer, about 200 societies, which are student led groups and they can be anything from Hummus Society,
so loads of people who like Hummus will come and meet up or we have tons on offer - all the weird and wacky ones and then also political societies and things like that.
Whatever you're interested in, really and yeah, part time jobs, we have over 60 sports clubs as well,
so there's tons on offer and that's just at the University of York.
We have lots of other universities as well,
with a lot on offer as well.
So it's not just all about studying, there's a whole other side to it as well.
So universities offer a lot of support to their students. Fact or myth?
that makes me happy.
There's a very strong answer again here, so we've got about 99% saying that that's a fact and 1% that's a myth
which means we're doing our job right!
Because it is in fact, a fact! So universities put a lot in place to ensure that no matter what the student is dealing with,
there is dedicated support systems and everybody is there to help. So student support is provided in five key areas.
So we've got academic, disability support, wellbeing support, financial support and career and progression.
So if you're struggling in a lecture or require a specific accessibility alternatives, experience homesickness, worrying about the cost of living or feel overwhelmed by your future,
atUniversity, there's always someone to turn to, whether it be in person or
online or on the phone.
There's always someone there, especially at the University of York as well.
We have lots of things on offer.
We have a dedicated mental health and wellbeing support
and a dedicated career service as well that will help in whatever you need. So it's really,
really exciting. And a lot of universities offer a lot of support. So it's a comforting thought.
So we really want to reiterate that university is an is an affordable and
supportive option for everyone.
I'm gonna pass back over to matt who will who hopefully take you through the rest.
Lovely. Thank you very much Aimee. Fantastic. I really appreciated that. And that just,
hopefully was a nice fun activity to get you all involved get you all thinking.
And that's what we aim to do.
This kind of fun, "Fact or Myth?" Thank you so much for engaging with the polls.
It's great to see so much engagement.
I really do appreciate all that and I hope you all learnt something new as well.
And this is what we want to do on Shine,
we want to start to raise knowledge and awareness of higher education and university.
Try and do it through fun, interactive ways. And you begin to raise knowledge and awareness,
but also have to demystify everything surrounding university and higher education as well.
So I'm really delighted now to welcome a previous Shine student today and that is Chloe.
So Chloe previously completed the Shine programme and they are now a student at the University of York.
And on your screen now you'll see a picture of Chloe, and Chloe even managed to find a picture of herself back when she was a student on the Shine programme.
And so today Chloe just wants to share a couple of words and kind of share their experience of the Shine programme and their journey following the end of Shine.
So Chloe should be on the call now. And, Chloe, would you be able to unmute yourself?
You can come on to your video and if you want to introduce yourself, that would be fantastic.
Yeah, morning everyone. I'm Chloe from Grimsby. I studied at Havelock Academy,
and I am currently a second year Criminology student at the University.
Fantastic perfect. Thank you very much, Chloe. And I hoped you could maybe share your experience as a Shine student.
So what are your overall views of Shine? And what did you enjoy about it?
Yeah so I started Shine back in 2014 - which does seem quite a while ago now, it's quite scary - when I was in Year 7 and I have
and I loved it like since up until Year 11.
And I really believe that it influenced both the university I chose, obviously, and even the course,
like on one of the Shine trips something that really sticks out to me is that we
had a talk by a professor and one of the topics that was just briefly mentioned was assisted euthanasia.
And it's something that I found really interested and that it's a sort of topic,
that would never have been
explored during the school day, at all, and I feel like that, that like
what that new found interest is what led me to ultimately do the course I do now
which is Criminology.
It helped me gain confidence in my abilities
and myself like -
it's not a forced thing, but you can - there's opportunity to stand up and speak in front of people and actually speaking in front of people that are similar age and you really do like, you feel like, get a connection with your Student Ambassadors,
that you will meet on your
on the tours and on your experiences and it's just an amazing experience to just be able to look around the university and one that not that many people get.
Fantastic. Thank you very much.
And how would you say the Shine programme has helped you?
So visiting the university so many times was especially helpful for me because during,
the middle of Covid is when I had to choose the university that I wanted to go to, so open days and like having a chance to go visit the university
wasn't an option for me, but I felt that I knew York well enough and I felt comfortable and confident with
how from my Shine visits,
especially the residential, which is the highlight, that I felt confident in my choice of York,
and I feel like it was weird coming back from now probably because I hadn't visited since Year 11 till my first year, and like,
even like going on Campus East, which is our newer campus.
It was like, it's been so built up and like, I can recall in, like, Year 11 and thinking or like,
and thinking this building is in the middle of this at this time and that this is in the works and then coming back two years later and just seeing how much the university had changed and improved, even in that short space of time was just it was
it was weird to like being able to see the progress myself.
Fantastic. Thank you very much. And so you took part in Shine from back in 2014 from Year 7 through to Year 11.
And after finishing the Shine programme in Year 11, what did you do after Year 11 so when you progressed onto Year 12 or when you started doing your Level 3 qualifications?
How did you feel like the Shine programme helped you? And once - so what did you after Year 11 and did this Shine programme help with anything at all after that?
So after Year 11 I stayed on to my school sixth form at Havelock Academy where I studied Psychology,
Health and Social and Criminology - where I ended up actually writing an entire essay for one of my courses on a subject that I was introduced to by the Shine project.
Shine allowed me to have a lot more knowledge than I found that my peers had.
So the people who, my friends,
who I did Shine with
ultimately together we ultimately knew more than the people who didn't do Shine.
And I feel like in Year 12,
it really showed, like people asking, like my friend will be asking questions about universities and about,
like, costs and the different ways university works. And it was questions and answers that I've known since Year 9 because of being on Shine and I feel like I had a really great headstart and I was a lot more confident with writing my
personal statement and applying and like, I had a lot more confidence in what, the universities that could apply to.
Fantastic, thank you very much.
our Shine students on the call today that have just joined the Shine programme. So is there a top tip looking back now, where you are today and reflecting back on everything that you've taking part in over the years for our new Shine students - is there a top tip that you could offer our new Shine Year 9 students?
I'd say to tell people that you are on Shine and that you've completed it because it is an achievement.
Not everyone gets the opportunity. And it teaches you a lot of skills and
and you get an awful lot of experiences that a lot of people don't have the opportunity to have at all, so enjoy and embrace it.
Thank you very much and last kind of final question before I move on to our Q and A session,
if there is three words to describe Shine, what three words would they be?
Exciting, whilst being still educational, and it's memorable.
Thank you. It's it's always great and to have previous Shine students. So thank you very much Chloe for speaking this morning, I really do appreciate it.
And it's always nice for previous Shine students to reflect back on the experience and talked to new Shine students so,
Year 9 students on the call, and parents and carers, I really hope you enjoyed hearing Chloe's experiences of Shine, and kind of what Chloe got from Shine and hopefully there was a little bit of excitement for you all over the next couple of years.
So what we're gonna do now is we're going to move on to our Q and A session so the morning is flying by.
So Chloe is still here. If you have any questions for Chloe, please feel free to ask those questions to Chloe as well.
But also, the whole of the Shine team are here as well. So what I'm gonna do is, I'm going to hand over now to Aimee and Benjamin who are going to lead to this Q and A session.
So I'm just going to change the chat function, so you should be able to now have access to the chat.
And you should be able to ask any questions that you have from the chat function.
So if I hand over now to -
I'm going to hand over now to Aimee and Benjamin who'll be able to ask any questions,
Aimee and Benjamin will be able to kind of lead this.
I can see lots of "hellos" in the chat. Hello, everybody!
Hello. So, yes, send us your questions in the chat and me and Benjamin and Matt and Chloe will do our best to answer them.
I'll give you a minute or two to get your questions in.
These questions could be anything - from anything we've talked about today, anything that's coming up in the future.
Is there a chess club already established in a society? I believe there is. I'd be very,
very surprised if there wasn't,
but I do believe there is one. I think "The Queen's Gambit" had something to do with that.
and equally if there isn't a chess club, you have the ability at university to start your own society,
which is really, really exciting because all of the societies are student led. You can apply and create your own society and create your own committee.
So if there is anything that you don't see in the societies, then you can make your own.
Which is really, really exciting.
Okay, all the questions are flooding in now. So I'll try and take them one at a time.
Do you want to take the next one, Benjamin, when do we visit the university?
Yes, so in a Year 10 there's normally a residential, it happens around Easter time, and stuff where the students get to visit the university for a few days and kind of experience
really what, kind of, being a student's like, for actually being a student.
But I think there are,
like opportunities for like campus tours and things like that.
Yeah, another question.
No I was just going to say that the really good question I saw is: "Is the Shine programme free?" and I just want to jump in on that question.
Absolutely, so the Shine programme is a free programme and so there's no cost to yourself as a student,
a parent or carer or to our Shine schools. So the Shine programme is a free programme that is fully funded by the University of York and that does include all aspects of the Shine programme.
With that be all our coaches and transport to from the events, the Shine Team we provide all transport to and from our events, that includes the residential, the campus visits, all the refreshments and lunch.
It's all provided for by the Shine programme. I just wanted to answer that question about the cost of the Shine programme.
Amazing. So we have another one saying, "Is there a library available?"
At the University of York,
there is, at most universities that will be as well. But at York we have a massive library and it's open 24/7 and 362 days a year.
So it's always going to be there to support you while you study. And we have tons and tons of books and documents available from ancient documents, all the way to the,
anything you need for your course really. So it's really, really exciting and one of my favourite places on campus definitely.
I don't know if Benjamin, you want to take the next one? "What computing or coding courses do you have at York?"
I know there's the kind of, like a standard Computer Science and things like that, and there's like Cyber Security related courses as well,
that go together with Computer Science. But there are kind of a lot of societies around that that kind of do coding, ethical hacking,
things like that. So, I think they even have some sort of robot in the Computer Science building as well,
which is pretty cool. So, yeah, there's a lot of stuff kind of
to do in that subject, because they have
lots and lots and lots of investment kind of into it. So it's a really good Uni to kind of do Computer Science in, I think.
Lovely. Thank you very much, Benjamin.
I can see there's a question in the chat from Phoebe,
and Phoebe asks, "How long is the residential in Year 10?"
So at the moment, the residential is two days and one night,
and that's how long the residential is at the moment.
And I don't know if you want to take the, Matt,
"What will we do throughout the year?" as well,
Throughout the year on Shine? So in terms of Year 9, at the moment It's just kind of settling into the Shine programme.
So you're taking part in the Festive Celebration today, and then in May, you'll be coming to visit us on campus.
So you'll be coming to visit our University of York campus.
Your Shine Coordinator in schools, so the members of schools
that are in each of your school that Shine liaise with,
they've got the dates already for your
Year 9 Campus Visit, and that's going to take place in May. I'm sure they will be in touch in the new year with your Shine Coordinators with that,
but essentially there, on the Shine programme, you'll be getting involved with online events very similar to these online events.
Lots of campus visits. We've got lots of online activities and videos and content.
There will be seasonal newsletters, so there's so much to be
involved with on the Shine programme
it is all very exciting. Lots of campus visits, lots of sessions, lots of exciting content.
Amazing. Benjamin, I'm going to shoot another one to you.
"What was one of your favourite clubs that you joined at University?"
Oh, this is good. This is actually quite a tricky question.
I'd probably say like the Louis Theroux Society,
which might sound like quite boring to most people. But it basically watches documentaries
and basically analysed them and kind of talk about them, and what what they meant and things like that.
So, yeah, maybe a bit of a left field society. But I also really enjoyed kind of a darts club,
and the Korean cultural societies - so quite different. But there's over 200 societies and sports clubs at York.
There's Taylor Swift Society, Hummus, Darts, Football, Quidditch, absolutely anything you can think of.
So even maybe the more obscure and unique interest you can still participate in, obviously your subject is still important.
But I think kind of relaxing and having fun
is just as important. And it's kind of something the students will get to experience a little bit of on the Shine Residential in Year 10.
And then there's a question here about what I meant by a sleep lab. So as part of the Psychology department,
we have a sleep lab, so a lot of researchers will study what our brains are doing when we're sleeping.
So as a student, you might be able to participate in some of that research and get paid to do it as well,
so you have to get paid to sleep or get paid to not sleep, and then they'll be able to track your brain,
which is quite a cool thing because you'll be part of that research, which is great.
We have some more questions about courses. So do we have a foundation year pathway before applying for a full degree?
I'm not 100% sure on this, so I'm going to
open the floor for that one for either Matt or Benjamin.
Yeah, of course really good question.
So when it comes to foundation, it's all depends upon the course. So it's always worth looking at the course that you're interested in,
and then looking at our University of York webpages to see if that would be an option.
One of our main options is in the Medicine course that we offer, which is collaborative between the University of York and the University of Hull.
And when it comes to our Medicine courses, there is a foundation year as well, and so some courses do and some courses don't and it's always worth just looking on our University of York webpages for the course that you're interested in.
And you can always get in touch as well with our Admissions Tutors. There's always an email address on our webpages for each Admissions Tutor,
and they're really friendly, knowledgeable they want to chat to prospective students.
So if you have any questions, I always recommend going on to our University of York course pages.
And then if you do have a question that isn't answered on the course page then do get in touch with the Admissions Tutors.
Amazing. I've seen a lot of questions as well, asking if this programme will help get into university.
I'm gonna do my take on it and then I don't know if you two want to, maybe you build on from it.
But this is a really great experience about learning about higher education, and actually seeing if higher education is for you and all of the different pathways.
And it's something really, really great to put on your personal statement, which is something that you will send to universities when you apply as well,
saying that you've gone through this programme.
Yeah, I don't know if Matt and Benjamin want to build on that?
Absolutely, just add on to that really.
You're spot on, I'll just kind of echo what Aimee was saying really and the Shine programme per say doesn't offer any kind of caveats or anything like that really,
that would allow students to join the University of York per say, but, as Aimee was saying when it comes to writing personal statements being part of the Shine programme,
feel free to mention that - it shows passion and that's what you know, Admissions Tutors would like to see when they do read personal statements and they look at your application to join University, so showing that you're part of the Shine programme,
it definitely shows enthusiasm and passion that you do want to go to university and as I mentioned a little bit earlier on as well,
we do have some of our programmes like Next Step York and Realising Opportunities.
So after you finish the Shine Programme, many students do progress onto a Post-16 programme and students in Year 12 or doing Level 3 qualifications and these programmes at the moment, at this time,
you know there is some things in place that can support students. If students complete
Next Step York or Realising Opportunities
students could be eligible for could be as well for an offer, a guaranteed interview.
And also we do have some alternative offers in place as well. But we do talk more about our Post-16 programmes like Next Step York and Realising Opportunities once you get a bit closer towards Year 11.
And I can just see there is a question from Tiana. "Can you put Shine on your CV?" Fantastic.
Yeah, go for it. Because being part of Shine, you have heard from Chloe a little bit earlier on about all these kind of soft skills that you gain from taking part in the Shine Programme like confidence,
teamwork, public speaking. These would be fantastic things to put on your CV as well.
So definitely CVs and Shine will look fantastic
on a CV.
And then we've got a few questions as well, asking "Do we need to go to college or sixth form before going to university?"
So I'm going to send that one to Benjamin.
I think that's what most people do, kind of going to college or sixth forms studying three or four A-Levels or obviously BTECs and things like that.
But there are, I think access cost is you can do. I'm not sure of the full name, which are kind of a non-traditional way of going to university,
but a type, of course that a few people I know
have done to go to university of kind of excelled and got 2:1s and kind of firsts like really,
really high grades.
So, yeah, most people do go to college or sixth form, but it's not the be all and end all option,
and there are kind of other options available for people who kind of don't go down the traditional education route.
I think as well you don't have to enter higher education at 18. You can enter later and think the oldest person at the University of York at the moment is 92.
I want to say, I might be wrong on that, but I think they're studying Psychology or something like that,
and that is just because they wanted to, and it's something that really interested them,
so there's no real age limit on going to university. So it's not something that you have to do once you finished
Sixth form or college as well.
Okay, I'm just gonna jump in Aimee as I know there's two questions one from Jack and one from Colin around "Does the Shine Programme
offer additional help and support during the application stage?" and around "Can Shine help with applying to university?"
And so the answer is yes.
As I mentioned, that Shine is very much from Year 7 through Year 11.
So the Shine programme, in terms of the provisions that we offer, does end in Year 11.
However, the Shine email, you can always email us at Shine, no matter if when you're going to Year 12 or Year 13,
you can always feel free to message the Shine inbox, and we're more than happy to support and offer guidance when it does come to applying to university.
Even though you may not attended a Shine event recently, you know, please do free to still email us as we're more than happy to support and help out.
There's a couple more questions as well about specific courses. We don't have time to go into all of the specific courses.
But if you do want to learn about any course in particular, you can go onto our website and type in the subject that you would like to do and and they will be able to tell you,
like what kind of things you'll be studying, what grades you might need to get and all the questions should be answered on those pages.
So I know there was a few for History and Psychology, so that should all be on our website.
So do have a look at that as well.
Any last questions?
Sorry can I just jump in? Someone asked if the campus is big. To be honest, it is huge.
There are two main campuses, Campus East and Campus West. And they are big,
and they are scary when you first get there, but they are very easy to walk around,
And it's a lovely walk, it's lovely campus, but I feel like the main thing that we offer is a free bus service.
So between the campuses,
it's the same bus that goes to town, actually, so you can go straight into centre as well from,
like your accommodation. It is free. So if if you live on West and you've got a lecture or a seminar on East it's not a massive issue,
just jump on the bus. It is like a little city, Like on East, we have like a Greggs
and like a corner shop and a hairdresser and a takeaway, realistically,
like I've spoke to people who didn't even leave campus to go into the city in the first term.
Like everything you need, there are even bars on site, like everything you will ever need is on that campus.
So it doesn't matter, it is nice that it is big.
Lovely, thank you very much Chloe and really good point to add to that is that, as Chloe was saying, at the University of York we are a campus based university.
So what we mean by that is that everything that we offer is all on one site on one place.
So whether that be our lecture halls, the library, the doctors, the hairdressers, a supermarket, a takeaway, the accommodation, is all on one site and one place for a campus based university.
So we are quite a big, we're a big campus. I know, some asked in the chat, "Will we get lost?" On our Shine events
you'll never get lost on campus because you'll always be supported by the Shine team or Student Ambassadors.
But if you were to be a student at the University of York, I'll hold my hands up and say
I think I've definitely got lost on campus at one point. But in terms of the Shine events,
you won't ever get lost on campus.
And so what I've done is I've actually closed the chat now, and we had lots of fantastic questions.
So thank you so much for all your questions that you asked, and I do apologise that we didn't have a chance to answer all your questions.
However, the conversation doesn't need to end here. So, if you didn't answer your question,
what you really wanted answered, please do feel free to email the Shine inbox.
The email address is one of our final slides. So if you do have any kind of final questions or questions didn't get answered,
you know, please do feel free to email that across to us and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
But just to say a big thank you, a big thank you for all those questions. We really do appreciate it.
Thank you for your engagement. And hopefully those kind of, hopefully those kind of answers really helped to answer your questions.
So now we're going to move on to kind of the next steps really, the next part of the Shine programme.
So next thing to say is that after this event, please do visit our VIP Shine Festive Celebration webpage.
So you would have all seen this webpage in order to in order to access the Zoom call.
So on this, you may wish to go back onto our VIP Festive Celebration webpage as there is lots of videos,
activities, content on there, resort. You can look over in your own time and this event has been recorded.
So we're going to upload this recording back on to that webpage as well, so feel free to look over the recording again and take part in our activities afterwards.
As I mentioned Year 9 students on the call, you will be coming to the University of York in May and your Shine Coordinator in school
does have this date already, and they will be in touch, I imagine within the new year to let you know what day
you'll be coming on your Year 9 campus visit, but you will be coming with your other students in your school so you won't come on your own.
You'll be coming with members of school staff and you'll be coming with your other Shine students in your school.
And so you get to come visit the University of York, have a campus tour and see our campus.
Parents, carers and supporters on the call, learning is for everyone and it doesn't just stop when you leave school.
And if Shine has inspired you to today to think about studying and returning to studying, please do visit our Centre for Lifelong Learning webpage,
and I believe Aimee has put that into the chat as well, and so the Centre for Lifelong Learning is managed by colleagues at the University of York and they offer a range of exciting courses,
and it's very flexible. It's part time learning, and some courses do cost as well.
There's lots of free courses on there as well, and there's a range of accredited courses,
as well as some courses on there as well that you may want to just do simply just for
the pleasure of learning. So parents and carers if we have inspired you today, please do look at our Centre for Lifelong Learning webpages as well.
And keep an eye out everybody on your emails as every season, there will be a seasonal newsletter and Aimee
will be sending out the Winter newsletter next week. So do keep an eye out on your emails as there always some kind of seasonal newsletters where we want to recap on what Shine has done that season.
We want to kind of look at what's what's coming up on Shine as well as kind of signposting,
all our parents and carers and supporters and Shine students to lots of other exciting opportunities as well.
So do keep an eye on our season newsletters. And the first one, the winter one will be coming out next week and Aimee is going to send that across.
And then finally parents, carers and supporters, you should be receiving an email or a text message in the next few moments and that includes a link to our feedback form and we would really appreciate to hear your feedback and as we know how important your feedback is so we can constantly improve the Shine programme for future students as well.
And everybody who submits a feedback form will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper and the Shine team will be drawing out that winner next week.
And we're going to get that hamper sorted before Christmas as well. So please, you will receive this text message shortly or this email.
Please do keep an eye out and I can see Aimee has put a link in the chat as well.
Fantastic! Thank you.
So please do spare a couple of moments to give your feedback as it's really useful for us to know so we can constantly improve our Shine programme.
But apart from that, that brings us towards the end of the Festive Celebration and I don't know about you,
but that hour has just absolutely flown by. But we really hope that you have enjoyed this event and it's the first event is to welcome all our Shine students to the Shine Programme, to help introduce you more to Shine in more detail and introduce you to higher education and university as well.
So hopefully you do feel that you know a little bit more about the Shine programme, feel more
confident in the Shine programme, but also you know a little bit more about university as well.
So the final thing to say is that if you do have any questions, the email address is on your screen now.
So apologies if we didn't have a chance to answer your question. But if you would like to forward that onto the Shine inbox,
we will get back to you shortly. But just to say as well if there's any other questions, please feel free to get in touch as well,
if that is, you know, kind of later on today you thought of a question or if it is down the line, over kind of a couple of months as well - the Shine inbox is always monitored.
So if you do have any questions, please feel free to always reach out. And there's always somebody watching the Shine inbox and responding to emails.
And apart from that, just to say a big thank you very much for joining today. We really do appreciate your time this morning.
We appreciate Saturdays are always busy, especially in December as well. So we just want to say a big thank you to all of you for joining the call today.
I've looked on here and we've had over 120 students joining us today so that's fantastic.
And we're so delighted that so many of you have joined. I just want to say a big thank you for giving up your Saturday morning to come join our Shine event,
it's really appreciated.
But, apart from that and we will leave it there, and just say a big thank you and we look forward to seeing our you Year 9 in May,
your Shine Coordinator will be in touch shortly and we look forward to seeing you all in person on campus in May.
But apart from that, all that's left to say is thank you very much and take care and have a good rest of your Saturday.