Maintaining our school links

Homerton is committed to encouraging the best students with the academic potential and enthusiasm to succeed at the University to apply here, regardless of their school or background. Homerton employs Ellen Slack as their Schools’ Liaison Officer to carry out the college’s outreach activities. Through the University’s Area Links scheme, Homerton focuses primarily, but not exclusively on activities in: Doncaster and Rotherham in South Yorkshire and the London boroughs of Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond.

Ellen is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with schools and encouraging students in years 10-13 to consider applying to Homerton, or University more generally. Ellen attends UCAS events and Higher Education conventions at schools. She also travels to visit state-maintained schools and colleges in our Link Areas. A tour of schools in Doncaster and Rotherham has been running successfully for 5 years. In 2013, Ellen visited 11 schools in 4 days and spoke to over 370 students. Current undergraduates Helena Blair, Naomi Clothier and Alex Shellum accompanied Ellen on her trip to speak to students about their own personal experience of studying at Homerton.

Ellen is looking forward to running a number of day visits to Homerton over the coming months, including one from Walton Girls’ High School, Grantham where alumna Karen Marlor is the Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.

This July, Homerton will also be organising two Summer Schools for year 12 students in maintained sector schools who are likely to progress to Russell Group Universities or Oxbridge. The Sciences Summer School will take place between Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th July. The Arts and Humanities Summer School will take place between Wednesday 30th July and Friday 1st August. It is hoped that students relish the opportunity to experience what it is like to study as a first-year undergraduate at a Russell Group University.