For teachers and advisers

HEPP activities in schools and colleges

We have a team of recent graduates who deliver free, impartial, engaging presentations and interactive activities on student finance and higher education in general.

We will work with you to tailor the activity to suit the age and background of students, time available, and your school aims.  We can run

  • a tutorial session
  • an optional lunchtime session
  • an assembly OR
  • evening sessions for parents and students

Great presentation and the leaflet to take away is fantastic."

Head of Sixth Form

Current activities

Can I afford to go to university? 'Yes you can'

This presentation aims to dispel myths about student finance and can be adapted for audiences from Y9-Y11, sixth form, or parents.

It covers the basics about loans, grants, bursaries and loan repayments. Our Graduate Interns will also incorporate their own experiences of the student finance system into the presentation which could include:

Budgeting

This essential life skill is covered through tried and tested games and activities inlcuding 'The Price is Right' and 'Play Your Cards Right'.

or Applying for student finance

This activity is particularly useful for students who have completed their UCAS application and are ready to apply for their finance. We give them an overview of the online application form to ensure they have a full understanding of the process.

I feel more confident about the financial side of university."

Year 9 pupil

Is it worth going to university? 'Yes it is'

It is important that learners are informed about the value of university and don't get  distracted by media 'hype'. We will discuss why learners should consider higher education and how to begin their higher education journey.

Will I enjoy student life? 'Yes you will!'

We point out the reality of the university experience for Y9-Y11 learners, discussing exciting aspects of student life which younger students may not have considered.

We also answer questions about living arrangements at university and what it's like to live away from home, or at home whilst studying.  This talk complements our 'Yes It Is' campaign, and is supplemented by our 'Yes You Will!' brochure.

The presenters were friendly, knowledgeable and approachable."

Year 13 teacher

Information stands

We are happy to attend open evenings, options evenings, parent's evenings or higher education events and staff an information stand. We can use our effective banner stands and brochures to give information and advice to learners and/or their parents.

Applying for university

An activity dedicated to guiding pupils through the application process for university through UCAS. We include screenshots of the online form and provide guidance on how to fill it all in successfully.

This activity can also include advice on best practice in writing a personal statement and tips on what admissions tutors are looking for in an applicant.

Study Skills

This highly interactive workshop is a brilliant way to inform pupils of the necessary study skills to succeed at university, which will also help them in their current studies.

Using a game show quiz format we guide the audience through a rage of study skills and highlight the importance of independent study.

If you would like any more information about these services please don't hesitate to contact us hepp@shu.ac.uk

Made me feel more confident about wanting to go to university."

A level student
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