Every year a group of King's undergraduate students travel to the North East to work with Year 10 school students in the state sector through a series of games and activities designed to raise aspirations and provide information about University opportunities.
This project has run since the year 2000 and has two principal aims:
- to increase awareness amongst students in the state sector of the opportunities available to them in Higher Education
- to dispel myths associated with Cambridge University, helping to build relationships between the University and schools that have little or no history of sending applicants to Cambridge.
Topics covered in sessions include considering University, the variety of subjects available, student timetables, extra-curricular opportunities, finance, making friends, types of accommodation, entrance requirements, career prospects and applying to Cambridge.
Access Bus 2013
The 2013 Access Bus worked with 27 schools in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm, Thornaby, Hartlepool, Redcar, Marske-by-the-sea and Saltburn-by-the-sea from 18 to 21 March 2013. Most sessions were with Year 10 groups, with occasional Year 9 sessions when Year 10 were not available.
Access Bus 2014
The 2014 Access Bus will once more work with schools in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm, Thornaby, Hartlepool, Redcar, Marske-by-the-sea and Saltburn-by-the-sea. Dates are not yet confirmed. The tour will be funded by King's College and King's College Students Union. Session allocation and liaison with schools is handled by one of the College Admissions and Schools Liaison Officers, Eleanor Thompson, who will also accompany the group during the week away. Eleanor will be in touch with schools in February 2014 to arrange sessions and can be contacted at .