The Warwick Scholars Programme
Have you heard about the Warwick Scholars programme? Whether you’ve seen the event posters on campus or enrolled on the pre-entry Warwick Scholars programme, this blog shines light on the exciting opportunities offered to participants.
The programme primarily supports students from backgrounds that are under-represented in Higher Education by hosting a variety of events throughout the year and providing students with many opportunities.
Last year, the University of Warwick announced an additional £10 million in funding for the expansion of this programme. A pre-entry version has been set-up, where around 90 young people from within the local area of the university have been supported with their Post 16 studies and their transition to Warwick. Also, some of this funding is used to award bursaries for students that qualify with the set criteria on their arrival at Warwick.
To begin each academic year, there’s a launch event. This is an ideal opportunity for the new Scholars to meet each other and network with support staff and senior students. Scholars can find out more about the different opportunities available to them throughout their time at Warwick.
Given its name, it’s not entirely professional nor academically driven. The main goal of the programme is to build confidence and provide a forum for disadvantaged students to connect with each other. The best way to do this is through socials. These include end of term celebration events. At Christmas, Scholars were invited to meet-up to informally to relax. This was a chilled evening in the final week of term with pizza and music! At the end of last year, we had an evening meal out and celebrated our achievements for the year. Moving forward, increased student input and responsibility will eventually see a greater increase in the number of socials held.
Professional and personal development events
A core pillar of the Warwick Scholars programme is to support personal and professional development. There is a dedicated personal and professional day in Term 2, which focusses on providing students with interactive workshops. It’s not always careers-driven, but there’s an emphasis on developing transferrable skills. For example, the sessions range from panel events to finding out more about internships. Warwick Scholars may qualify for careers support by upReach, which is a charity-organisation that support students access professional careers. upReach holds frequent on-campus skills workshops.
Being a Warwick Scholar means that you receive a lot of support. There are many opportunities not just at university but beyond. The frequent e-bulletin provides a concise overview of the opportunities that Scholars can get involved with. For example, you could receive financial support to fund research, academic and career opportunities through specific funds. Another big opportunity is participating in a new immersive Global Student Experience programme held in Malaysia.
Giving back is important. For example, I am currently writing blogs on OurWarwick to raise the profile of the programme and connecting with students on the pre-entry programme. Other forms include supporting students at events such as open/offer-holder days, Realising Opportunities and Sutton Trust scholars.
This blog has provided a very brief overview of the different elements of the Warwick Scholars Programme. As the programme expands, there will be a greater network of students and many more opportunities.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch!