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Launch of the 2015-16 Hackney University Extension programme

The 2015-16 Hackney University Extension programme has just been launched at BSix.

HUE Programme 2015-16

This year’s programme brings together seven schools and colleges from Hackney and fifteen universities from across the UK. Since its beginnings in 2007, the Hackney University Extension has experienced significant development and expansion. The programme for this academic year offers students the chance to participate in sixteen academic courses in the Autumn and Spring Terms. Laura Macbeth, one of BSix’s Learning Beyond the Classroom Coordinators, says: ‘I’m really excited about the programme this year. We’ve made some real improvements to last year’s activities, and have engaged with a number of new universities, particularly King’s College London and the University of Warwick. I’m from a Performing Arts background, so it’s great to have a new HUE course in Drama to offer to the students. This is being run jointly by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Both institutions are really prestigious and it will be a great experience for Hackney students to have some exposure to their teaching and the way they work.’

BSix is proud to maintain its partnerships with centres of research and subject excellence throughout the Higher Education sector. The 2015-16 programme sees the continued involvement of the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the University of York. The Hackney University Extension is BSix’s, and Hackney’s, innovative way to engage with the national Widening Participation Agenda. It combines BSix’s comprehensive ethos with the governmental policy recognition that more should be done to ensure that talented students, regardless of their background, can successfully access the very best universities. Peter Claus, Access Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford, says of the programme: ‘HUE is exactly the kind of thing that schools, colleges, and universities should be doing. It’s a great way to give students an academic experience of undergraduate life and study, and genuinely fosters collaboration between different areas of the education sector. Building programmes and partnerships ensures that Widening Participation provision can be delivered on a sustained, rather than a one-off, basis.’