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 Getting a place at a top university 

 Free talk and information session for parents and year 10 students organised by Hackney Learning Trust 

8 June 2017 at The Tomlinson Centre

Getting a place at a top university can be challenging, the processes and application systems can seem complicated and deadlines confusing. It’s not always easy to know what course to choose or what a university is looking for when allocating places.

Friends and family can be a great support if they have been through the process themselves but if your child is one of the first in their family to consider university, or you are struggling to understand the processes involved, it can be hard to know where to start.

We have organised an information event on 8 June for parents/carers/relatives in this position who are keen to support their academic young person currently in Year 10, to a top university.

We are lucky to have Abi Robinson from UCL (ranked 4th in the UK by the Times Higher Education Awards), Bradley Crack from Southampton University (ranked 16th) and Sarah Lusack from Target Oxbridge, a free support programme, (recently featured on Radio 4) that helps black students and students of mixed race with black heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge (known collectively as Oxbridge) to share their knowledge and tips.

All attendees will be given an information handout as a reminder of the points covered by the event.

Book your place

Tickets for the event are free but must be booked in advance.

To be eligible for tickets you must be supporting a young person currently in Year 10 who lives in Hackney (or is looked after by the London Borough of Hackney) or attends a Hackney school or provider. Year 10 students are welcome to attend too but must be accompanied by an adult and have a place booked.

Eventbrite - Applying for a Top University (Year 10 students)



5 - 5.45pm

  • Informal QA session where parents and young people can ask advisors and experts questions

5.55 - 7pm

  • Hear about the benefits of attending one of the UK’s top universities.
  • Find out now what you need to know about applying for the best universities that will make the application process simpler in Year 12.
  • Get some tips on practical things you can do now to help make you irresistible to your chosen university.
  • Find out about organisations that can help you prepare and provide support for your applications.

Additional Information

Both UCL and Southampton University are leading multi-disciplinary, research-intensive universities and members of the prestigious Russell Group of universities. UCL’s main campus is in Central London and they have a new campus opening in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2020. Southampton University is located on the south coast of England 75 miles from London. 

Rare Recruitment runs Target Oxbridge a free programme, recently featured on Radio 4, that aims to help black students and students of mixed race with black heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge (known collectively as Oxbridge). They also run a recruitment service to help these students access top careers on leaving university. 

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