HeppFEST sessions for Young Carers/Care Experienced Students, Disabled Students, Parents/Carers and Mature Students

As part of HeppFEST – the upcoming FREE online higher education festival – Sheffield’s Higher Education Progression Partnerships (HEPP) is organising a number of sessions relevant to Young Carers/Care Experienced Students, Disabled Students, Parents/Carers and Mature Students. 

Details on these sessions can be found below:


Title:  Helping Disabled Students navigate their way into higher education

Audience:  Students Y11 – Y13

Date:  Tuesday 8 December 2020 – 10:30 – 11:30

About the Event:  A session to provide up to date information on the institutional support available, the importance of disclosure at an early stage in the UCAS process, the funded support on offer and the opportunity to talk to students currently studying at a higher education institution who have a disability.

The Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helping-disabled-students-navigate-their-way-into-higher-education-tickets-130229095731

Title:  Additional Support for students facing barriers in accessing HE

Audience:  Students Y11 – Y13

Date:  Friday 11 December 2020 – 09:30 – 10:30

About the event:  This is an information session on the support available at university for students facing additional barriers when progressing to Higher Education.  The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University will deliver an information session for students and teachers on the support available for those whose personal circumstances mean that there may be additional  barriers to accessing university i.e. Care Experienced Students and Young Carers, Disabled Students and other student groups that might face barriers.  During the event you will have the opportunity to speak to Student Ambassadors from similar backgrounds to ask any questions.  No question is too small!

The Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/additional-support-for-students-facing-barriers-in-accessing-he-tickets-130232758687


Title:  Supporting a young person in raising aspirations to progress into HE

Audience:  Parents/Carers

Date:  Monday 7 December 2020 – 16:30 – 17:30

About the Event:  An information session for parents/carers supporting students who would benefit from additional support at university.  The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University will deliver a session on the additional support provided at university for students who may face additional barriers to progressing to higher education i.e. Care Experienced Students, Young Carers, Disabled Students and other student groups that might face barriers.  There will be the opportunity to speak to student ambassadors from similar backgrounds to ask any questions.

The Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-a-young-person-in-raising-aspirations-to-progress-into-he-tickets-130227318415

Title:  How to help young people make choices about higher education

Audience:  Parents/Carers

Date:  Tuesday 8 December 2020 – 17:00 – 17:45

About the Event:  Parents/carers, this session will explain what higher education is and different qualifications that can be studied.   HeppSY research has shown that family has the largest influence on students.  This session will help parents/carers talk to young people about their career choices and how to access the different qualifications available.

The Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-help-young-people-make-choices-about-higher-education-tickets-129311220341


Title:  It’s never too late to go into higher education

Audience:  Mature Students

Date:  Tuesday 8 December 2020 – 12:00 – 13:00

About the Event:  This session will discuss the support and benefits of higher education as a Mature Student.  It will provide up to date information on the routes into higher education, the support available to you as a Mature Student and a Q & A session with current Mature Students.

The Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-never-too-late-to-go-into-higher-education-tickets-130229268247

Throughout the week of 7th-11th December, there’ll be over 100 sessions available for students, teachers/advisors and parents/carers, provided by Hepp, HeppSY, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, Office for Students, UCAS, Student Loans Company, NEON, NCS, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge…and many more!

Highlights include:

  • Chris Millward (Director for Fair Access and Participation in the Office for Students), Professor Sir Chris Husbands (Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University) and Professor Brendan Stone (Hepp/HeppSY Board Chair) launching the festival
  • Baasit Siddiqui – educator, entertainer and Gogglebox star – talking about the lessons he’s learnt through education and entrepreneurship
  • Justin Rowntree, an entrepreneur who took a battering from Gordon Ramsay on his Kitchen Nightmares show, talking about career changes, resilience and the importance of having the right people around you to help you achieve your dreams
  • Cookalong with Blend Kitchen – for post-16 students to learn skills to prepare them for leaving home and for everyone else to join in with their families for a hugely fun to collaboratively make dinner!
  • Jordan Lee, Heat Radio Drivetime host and presenter of Love Island: Under the Duvet, sharing his experience of higher education, thoughts and tips for pursuing your dream career, and the advice he would give his 16-year-old self!

For teachers/advisors there are over 30 sessions for continuing professional development as well as helping them support their students.

For students there are a multitude of sessions looking at specific degree subjects, academic skills, wellbeing, support at higher education, student life and careers of the future, as well as information about applying to Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.  These are on during the school day and can be streamed live into lessons! 

There are also specific events for parents/carers including helping young people make choices about higher education, looking at the additional support available, degree apprenticeships and entering higher education as a mature student.  Parents/carers are also welcome to attend any HeppFest sessions.

Take a look at the full programme at www.hepp.ac.uk/festival and book all the sessions that interest you asap!