15 Jul

Pathways given Jubliee award in recognition of services

Pathways students at an event

A Leicestershire project which helps young people to develop skills in readiness for life at university has been recognised with a special award in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Experts from Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort universities and their counterparts at both Leicester and Loughborough Colleges have engaged with more than 20,000 young people in Leicestershire and Rutland since 2017.

Pathways were given the Jubilee award in recognition to the project’s contribution to the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and in particular the virtual support offered to young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stewart Smith, LLEP Head of Skills and Pathways Steering Board member said:

 “The LLEP have been pleased to support the Pathways project, particularly through our Careers Hub. We would like to congratulate the Pathways team on such a well-deserved achievement that benefits young people across our region.”

It is one of 29 such partnerships nationally working to support young people to make informed choices about their future options. Almost two-thirds of the students engaged by the Leicestershire collaboration come from backgrounds traditionally under-represented at UK universities.

Pathways is a collaboration between all three of Leicestershire’s universities and two further education (FE) providers which work with schools and pupils aged between 13 and 18 to provide support and resources for students, teachers, parents and carers to find out more about higher education (HE) and future careers.

Mike Kapur, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire and the Queen’s representative in the region, said:

“I would like to congratulate all the award winners and nominees. In recent times, we have experienced unprecedented and extraordinarily difficult times and yet throughout, it has been wonderful to see schools, businesses, volunteer and community groups across the city and county have remained unwavering in their commitment to making a big difference in their local communities. I’m delighted to shine a spotlight on the outstanding work that takes place and would like to thank everyone who took the time to make a nomination.”

Jess Bogic, Pathways project manager jointly funded by the project partners and based at the University of Leicester said:

“The team have truly deserve this award, the team have worked tirelessly to continue to support the young people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. I am incredibly proud to lead the team and continue our impactful work across the county. It’s amazing to be part of a programme which is supporting so many learners through their educational journey.”

Professor Rachel Thomson, Chair of the Pathways Steering Board, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) at Loughborough University, said:

“It is an absolute privilege to be involved in this project. The Pathways team are amazing and unwavering in their dedication to support young people across the region. We deliver a range of activities and interventions to schools across the county. For me, the most inspiring and rewarding part is to see the impact on young people from the one to one mentoring support that our fabulous team have been able to provide.”

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