The North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration (NYCHEC) is a partnership between the University of Hull, York St John and the University of York. It aims to widen access to higher education through high quality, hands-on, collaborative outreach for pupils in Years 7 to 11 on the North Yorkshire coast.
NYCHEC works with schools in Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington and is coordinated from the University of Hull.
Activities with pupils and parents include campus visits, family engagement events, subject tasters, assemblies and workshops in schools. Our activity can be tailored to suit the needs of your school and pupils and we are happy to consider requests to support existing in-school activity alongside our programme of support.
Our High Five programme works with pupils from groups currently underrepresented in Higher Education to inspire, motivate and raise aspirations towards University. This includes our 'Give Me Five Competition' for year 8 students which runs in collaboration with research students from the University of York. The aim of the competition is to help pupils understand the role of research in higher education, the benefits of studying at a research intensive university and the worldwide impact of research. Pupils attend workshops at all three universities and work in teams to plan their own presentation about the benefits of higher education; developing their research and presentation skills.
“High 5 has helped me believe in myself more because it’s ok hearing from teachers that you’re bright, but they’re just teachers aren’t they? But when you go to a university and speak to students and they actually listen to what you have to say about their research, it made me feel I was good at something. I felt listened to and respected."
High 5 Pupil, Ebor Academy, Filey
Pupils thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to engage with inspirational current students and hear first-hand about their research. It's a fantastic motivator and raises awareness of the opportunities in Higher Education.
As part of the High Five programme, we also offer a conference for year 9 students, subject taster days to students in year 10 and activities in year 11.
"NYCHEC gives pupils the confidence to believe that University could be part of their future if they wanted it to be."
Teacher, NYCHEC partner school