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June 2011

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BSix wins award for Raising Aspirations

BSix has just scooped another prestigious award. This time, it is for its Raising Aspirations programme run in partnership with universities. The award was conferred by London Education Partnerships and was sponsored by the big accountancy firm, KPMG. The title of the award is 'Building bridges: cross-organisational partnership and impact'..

The award goes to the school or college that can demonstrate that it has taken a strategic and systematic approach to progression to university; has effective joint planning and delivery; and widened participation for non-traditional higher education entrants.
The Raising Aspirations fits the bill on all three counts. Students take a year-long course consisting of visits, lectures and seminars delivered by university academics and culminating in a summer school at the university of their choice.

The programme currently consists of partnerships with:

Pembroke College University of Oxford in Humanities
City University in Health & Social Care and Media and Journalism
Queen Mary University of London in Humanities
University of Yorkin Science

The award was presented by Oona King, now Baroness King of Bow, at the Wellcome Institute, a world-famous centre of medical research and history.

Staff of BSix were joined on stage by Jeremy Jennings, Professor of Political Theory at Queen Mary, and Liz McNeil of the University of York. Professor Jennings, who has just published a two volume history of French Political thought with Oxford University Press, said: "All of the Queen Mary people involved in teaching and arranging the course are delighted. Above all, many congratulations to BSix. Another great achievement."

Rebekah Harris, Head of External Relations at the College, wrote the submission for the award and is rightly thrilled about the outcome. "These award ceremonies are always exciting – especially when you win! As such we are so pleased to receive this acknowledgement for this innovative, path-breaking programme. Above all, it is an award for all our partners on the scheme. I want to thank all the university staff and students involved for making this award and the programme possible."

Ian Power, an officer of BSeven: Extended College, is the main organiser of all four strands of the programme. He added: "The programme is a great opportunity for our students. They benefit greatly from the partnership work with Oxford, City, York and London universities. We are excited by the impact and potential of the Raising Aspirations programme. We are already planning to extend it next year to include Imperial College London in engineering and the University of East London in sports".

The programme is paying handsome dividends for BSix students. Three graduates of the programme have been offered places to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Shirley Tetteh has been offered to study English at Manchester College Oxford; Jaward Bashorun has won a place to study Natural Science at Downing College Cambridge; and Ife O-Young has won a place to study Chemistry at St Hughes College Oxford.

For the official London Education Partnerships press release, click here
For further details of the awards, click here
For further details of the Raising Aspiration programme, click here