NEON Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Success) Award – Commendation
Launched in January 2017, this new and exciting project is being delivered for students by students, taking a simple model to improve access to careers information for students from BAME backgrounds. Taking their own experiences into consideration, and motivated by the importance of fair access to higher education for all groups of society, these students are providing positive role models for their peers and using their own networks to widen the reach of their messages. The Network aims to provide students with the tools they need to get them thinking about their future aspirations and how to start working towards these, specifically targeting the millennial student, providing information in a format and media they are used to and they prefer, and tackling the problem of information overload that many students report.
The Student Inspire Network creates and shares short informal video resources by students who have been through the process of applying for work experience, internships or graduate jobs, to provide tangible, relatable information.