The grand finale of the 2018 Higher Education+ Consortium took place at Winstanley College on Thursday, 11th May. Winstanley is a Cambridge University North West hub college for the Wigan and Warrington areas which works to widen access to places at top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, for students from state schools.
Over the last twelve months, Year 12 students have taken part in a series of workshops, visits and activities specifically designed to prepare them for applying to prestigious universities. The grand finale provided the opportunity for all involved to reflect on the skills and knowledge that they have acquired over the past year and present their work to a panel of esteemed judges. The judging panel included Dr. Catherine Sumnall, Admissions Director for Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and special guest judge, Dr Nayyar Naqvi O.B.E, Consultant Cardiologist in Wigan for over forty years and a member of Winstanley College’s Governing Body.
The participants’ project work was based around the general theme of ‘Consequences’ which allowed for a range of topics to be covered from ‘Consequences of misogyny and gender stereotypes within Shakespearean Literature’ through to the ‘Consequences of the fundamental forces’. The research was then summarised and presented as an academic poster.
Due to the exceptional quality of their work, the top prizes of tablet computers were awarded to Winstanley College students Aleyna Adamson and Bethany Dixon (former pupils of St. Edmund Arrowsmith High School) and Matthew Jones from Barrow Hall College. Runners up prizes of Amazon vouchers were also awarded to students whose work stood out as being particularly impressive.
Matt Fisher, Oxbridge Co-ordinator at Winstanley College said: ‘This year has been an outstanding for Oxbridge progression with 19 students securing places at Oxbridge. The wonderful work of the Year 12 students should give them the academic confidence to make an application to top universities next year.’