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Forming new partnerships and inspiring young minds

Young people in Guildford stand to benefit from an innovative new initiative launched by the University of Surrey in 2017. 

Celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary by giving something back to the local community, a partnership with Kings College School, Guildford and the Guildford Education Partnership Multi Academy Trust (GEP Academies) has been formed.

As part of this, our new Widening Participation Coordinator, Hannah Trott, who is based at Kings College, will focus on bridging the gap between higher education and school for Guildford’s young people and their guardians. This initiative aims to engage and inspire young people studying at Kings College into thinking about future educational pathways and to raise their aspirations.

Anna Wright, Chair of Governors at Kings College, said: "We know there are many girls and boys in our community who could achieve brilliantly at university. This post will massively increase their opportunities to think about all the different things they could study and how they can get funding to support them."

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor at University of Surrey, commented:

We are committed to supporting young people in Guildford in reaching their potential. This role provides a great opportunity to develop new and exciting activities to enhance the capacity of the school and the community for a bright future for young people and families.