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Inspiring Salford

Inspiring Salford

We are immensely proud of our strong track record in supporting those who are less privileged and the under-represented groups of students and local people and children in the wider community to inspire them to aim for a university education. With your help we can raise aspirations and ensure that a higher education that is accessible to all, regardless of their background.

Inspiring Salford is an initiative which brings together student volunteers, alumni and academic staff with local children and young people to share their love of learning, increase opportunities and widen access to higher education. Our High School Mentoring Project facilitates the placement of Salford students as mentors in local schools, providing children with positive role models and academic support in the hope of raising their aspirations and encouraging them to become active members of society in later life.

An exceptional student experience is at the heart of what the University of Salford strives to achieve, and we also want to change the lives of those in the community we work with and reach out to the students of tomorrow. What we deliver in terms of what schools and pupils need is not prescriptive; with the support we have received so far, we have helped raise the aspirations of pupils in local schools and challenge misconceptions. We passionately believe in supporting our community, and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can continue to do this.

“This time last year I did not know who or what I was to become and this experience enlightened me and introduced me to teaching and Teach First, raising my aspirations.  The programme taught me how to engage with pupils and I've learnt a lot about safeguarding and the procedures in place. Whatever fear or anxiety you may have before stepping into a school is completely dispelled when you realise how much students appreciate you just being there.”
Richard Bradley, BSc Biology, 2015.

Richard has since gone on to secure a graduate position through Teach First, one of the country’s leading teacher training providers.

For more information on how you can inspire Salford, please contact Lauren Girling via l.girling@salford.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 295 7062.

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