Students competing for places at Oxford, the Russell Group and any competitive university are all high achievers and individual students need to demonstrate potential beyond their grades. Some come from affluent areas with strong parental support and opportunities to expand their horizons through travel, cultural and work experience enabled by school affiliation or family networks. Other students may be able to match the qualifications but will not have the same level of exposure to wider horizons.
This is where WA meets WP. The task of distinguishing true if raw talent and academic potential from mere excellence of education and attainment is complex and there is evidence that beyond attainment many students, their families and schools think that University is not for them – an assumption that is often badly informed.
Hinterland is all about building a wider horizon; intellectual curiosity; an appetite for independent learning and an openness to fresh and challenging ideas. Hinterland takes students out of their comfort zone. It is more than levelling the playing field; the Hinterland Programme seeks to develop employability attributes for the longer term. This means self-confidence, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, teamwork and resilience. In an age when life time careers in large Corporations are few and SMEs and start-ups the norm we ALL have to be adaptable.
The Hinterland Programme offers talks, seminars and events delivered in a University style. We take students out of the comfort zone of teachers they have known for an age; a school setting that they know as well as their homes and subjects that are well supported on line and in all manner of curriculum relevant support.
Hinterland is akin to being dropped in the jungle without a compass and just enough water to survive the first few days…