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Leicester LEAPS ahead with outreach programme

The University of Leicester has welcomed 40 local school and college students onto campus to begin to take their LEAP into University at the launch of a new Leicester Enhanced Access Programme (LEAP).

During the event, LEAP Students engaged directly with staff and students involved in the delivery of LEAP, explored Leicester's campus with current undergraduate Leicester Ambassadors, and undertook a goal setting workshop and study skill development session which began to give them the essential skills needed to be a successful University student of the future.

Professor Mark Peel, Pro Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) and chair of the University’s Student Recruitment, Admissions and Widening Participation Committee, which has strategic oversight of LEAP, said:

"We are delighted to launch the Leicester Enhanced Access Programme, which expands the offer we make available for talented students throughout the East Midlands and further increases our engagement with local schools and colleges and with families. LEAP aims to build aspirations for university education among students who may find it more difficult to imagine this as part of their education and helps them be successful once they are here.  Together with existing initiatives such as the Realising Opportunities Program, LEAP enhances our University’s strong and continuing record of innovation in the task of widening participation to higher education, and signals our continued commitment to the role of universities in tackling barriers to the realisation of talent and potential."