B:Six College in Hackney

The University of Southampton works in partnership with schools, colleges and third sector organisation locally and nationally, running a wide range of activities to raise awareness of the opportunities available to students through higher education. An example of how the University’s central recruitment and outreach team has worked closely with our academics to provide support for students in Year 12 is our innovative new programme; Business, Management and Organisations (BMO).

This project was developed and launched this academic year by Vicki Jordan and Dr Roy Edwards in conjunction with B:Six College in Hackney. It is designed to support students interested in a career in managing and leading organisations, providing a series of activities which aim to raise aspirations and engage the intellectual curiosity of students.

The programme, which was launched in November 2013, provides a programme of support throughout the academic year, culminating in events hosted by alumni, with presentations from staff and students of the University. The aim is to develop their study skills, commercial awareness and knowledge of organisations.

The six month programme includes:

  • Visits to the University of Southampton
  • London based seminars in corporate settings; covering themes included management, the morality of measurement, the development of business in Britain and marketing. These sessions were facilitated and supported by University of Southampton alumni.
  • Supported assignments and seminar reading was set to support seminars and provide an insight into university study.
  • Online mentoring by current University of Southampton students

This pilot year has involved working with a small cohort from one college, with good feedback from participants. We will be carrying out a full evaluation at the end of the project and be looking to expand and develop the programme to involve more students, schools and colleges across the UK.