Ivy League Programme


Dear students,
I am writing to you to share news of an exciting series of university talks we are launching.
We know this is not the start to the Spring term you (or we) had hoped for, and much is still left to be decided regarding GCSE results until we gain a clearer understanding of the assessment measures for Summer 2021 set by the Department for Education. What we do know is that many of you are still casting your sights firmly on the future and keeping focused on the goals you hold for life beyond Brakenhale.
One way we are able to support you is to provide you with this great series of webinar events, led by speakers from Russell Group universities across the UK.
Here’s our programme for this half term:
Wednesday 13th January – Nottingham University https://www.crowdcast.io/e/university-series–
Wednesday 20th January – Birmingham University https://www.crowdcast.io/e/university-series—2
Wednesday 27th January – Bristol University
Wednesday 3rd February – Cardiff University
Wednesday 10th February – Exeter University
Talks start at 2pm, arrive at 1.55pm. You must register for each event in advance, links will be sent by email. First come, first served.
We encourage you to sign up to each event and follow our set of guidelines on the next page to get the most out of these events. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t (or aren’t applying) to these universities. They will still be invaluable in broadening your understanding of higher education.
Please note that we will open up each event to Year 11 students a day after Year 12 and 13. There are limited spaces on these events and we will be joining with all other Greenshaw Learning Trust schools, so if you don’t register in plenty of time, you’re likely to miss out.
These events will cover themes such as:
An introduction to Higher Education, university life, finances, joining clubs and social events, applying to competitive universities, hearing from student ambassadors, and having a real chance to ask questions that will help you get a better understanding of what Uni life is like.
All events run from 2-3pm on a Wednesday, and you need to register early to save your space.
You can register for our first event with Nottingham University using the link below.
Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/university-series–
Any questions, please email rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk or jmingay@greenshaw.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Kind regards
Mr Beukes, Assistant Headteacher

Year 11, 12 & 13 Ivy League Lecture Programme
University Talk Series – Spring 2021
Rules for joining GLT webinars
Register for each event early
We will be releasing spaces to Year 12 and 13 each week, and then Year 11 a day after that, so everyone needs to book early to save their own space. We have a lot of GLT schools joining each of these events.
Check you can access the webinar in advance
You need to register for each event in order to attend, so sign up way before the event and check you can access.
Check your sound works
Make sure you have your sound on – headphones are fine.
Arrive to each webinar early
Show up 5-10 minutes early. Connect with others by using the chat function to say hello, give people your first name and which school you’re from.
Remove distractions
Find yourself a space in the house where you can keep focussed and put your phone away to concentrate fully.
Be respectful
Be supportive of the speaker. They are giving their time free of charge to talking to us so be kind, polite and encourage them.
Get involved
During the talk, use the chat function to respond to comments the speaker makes. Please note: any attendees who choose to misuse the chat function will be banned.
Ask questions
Ask questions using the ‘ask a question’ function at the bottom of the screen. These are the questions the speakers will read when we get to the questions section. Now is the time to ask our speakers anything you want answered regarding university. It’s quicker and simpler than trawling webpages for answers!
Vote for which questions you want to be asked/answered
On the webinar platform, there is a function where you can look in the ‘ask a question’ window and vote up or down any questions you want to be answered.
Take an interest
After each talk, explore the university’s webpage further.
The UCAS website also has some great links to Virtual Tours of different universities across the country: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/open-days-and-events/virtual-tours