Collyer’s students and parents have enjoyed two information evenings, hosted by Deputy Principal Steve Martell and the Director of Higher Education and Progression, Ian McAlister. The evenings looked at the world of Higher Education, with informative presentations delivered by expert guest speakers from Brighton, Surrey and Sussex universities. In addition, there was a valuable contribution from parents of students who went through the process with their children last year, and current 2nd year Collyer’s student, Anisha Wakefield, who has navigated the UCAS application and interview process this year.
Director of Higher Education and Progression, Ian McAlister, presented an informative overview of the university application process within the college. He said: “This was one of many events helping students to explore the important question of what to do after Collyer’s, and as the majority of our students will progress to Higher Education after completing their studies at Collyer’s, it was extremely relevant.
“The experts were very complimentary about our learners and the ‘mini’ university feel here, which was great to hear!”
Vicky Johnson and Anna McGovern, from Brighton University, spoke about constructing competitive personal statements. Becci Denmark, from the University of Surrey, explained the nuances of personal finance, budget planning and government loans and grants, while a practical description of student life was presented by Matt Cowdock, from the University of Sussex. The evenings were rounded off by Sarah Tombling and Steve Lappage (Parent and Carer University Ambassadors from the National Collaborative Outreach Programme) with Anisha Wakefield (Collyer’s Student Ambassador) giving the audience an insight into her UAS application journey through Collyer’s.
Having just returned from college trips to the UCAS convention and the Oxbridge Conference, many students and parents were keen to understand how applying to university works.
Collyer’s Deputy Principal, Steve Martell, said: “I’m delighted with how the evenings went and positive that it will help our students to aim high. I’m massively grateful to our students’ parents for actively supporting these important events.
“Huge thanks must also go to our expert speakers, amazing student ambassadors, Ian McAlister, and our very own Linda MacLeman and Rachel Gander, for making these important Higher Education sessions possible.”
Collyer’s Student Ambassador, Anisha Wakefield, said: “I was actually in the audience last year learning about university applications, and having received so much help at Collyer’s from Steve, Ian and the team, it was great to give something back by advising and guiding the next generation this year!”

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