Leeds Children’s University™ will celebrate a successful six months with the announcement of its first Chancellor on Friday 22 May.
Launched in November 2014 and based at Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Children’s University™ aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged 7 to 14.
In just six months, Leeds Children’s University™ has had a significant impact on the lives of children in Leeds. Working with over 400 pupils across seven partner schools, Leeds Children’s University™ has already facilitated a wide range of extra-curricular activities designed to develop a love of learning and raise aspirations. Covering everything from drama to journalism, these activities have been taking place at children’s schools and on the Leeds Trinity University campus. Pupils ‘travel’ to each destination with a Passport to Learning, in which they record their individual learning journeys. Activities will soon start taking place at a range of Learning Destinations that Leeds Children’s University™ has partnered with. These Learning Destinations will be announced shortly.
One of the highlights of Leeds Children’s University™ so far has been a series of Super Saturdays on campus. These events began earlier this year, comprising a range of activities led by Leeds Trinity University lecturers which included collaborative creative writing and ‘a day in the life of a student’. Feedback from children that attended has been exemplary, with comments including: “It was the best day ever.” and “It really inspired me to come to this university and try new things.”
Given the organisations’ shared values, becoming the base of Leeds Children’s University™ was an easy decision for Leeds Trinity University. At the heart of both organisations is an ambition to raise aspirations, boost achievement and foster a love of learning, so that young people can make the most of their abilities and interests, regardless of the background into which they were born.
As part of the University’s commitment to widening participation, it has developed strong partnerships with schools and colleges to raise aspirations and social mobility throughout the UK. Becoming the base for Leeds Children’s University™ also complements the University’s support for the ‘Child Friendly Leeds’ initiative, which aspires to make Leeds the best city for a young person to live and grow up in.
Lynne Upton, CEO of the national Children’s University Trust, commented:
“Leeds Trinity University have taken Children’s University to their heart. In just a few months since the formal launch in November 2014, they have reached out to the local community for inspiration and brought together an exciting range of activities for children to choose to add to their Learning Passport. The children in the schools now involved can feel very much part of a wider university family - one which takes their interests and ambitions seriously – and sees no limits to what they could achieve in the future.”
To mark a successful six months, the Leeds Children’s University™ will announce the appointment of its first Chancellor on Friday 22 May. A high-profile and inspirational figure, the Chancellor will act as an ambassador for the Leeds Children’s University™, supporting its aims of raising the aspirations of all children, no matter their background. More information will follow on Friday 22 May, so watch this space… Follow #LCUChancellor for more news.