New Waltham school forges new link with University of Lincoln

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Jul 2017

New Waltham's Tollbar Academy sixth form college has forged a new link with the University of Lincoln aimed at equipping students for the challenge of university education.

Deciding which university to apply for, what course to study and perfecting those all-important UCAS applications and personal statements can often seem like a daunting task for many 16 to 18-year-olds, as they look to plan their route to higher education.

However, students at Tollbar's sixth form college will now have the best possible chance of getting in to the university of their choice to study a subject that they are passionate about, thanks to a brand new link with a University of Lincoln.

The brand new academic partnership with Lincolnshire's one and only university will see students benefit from subject master classes and advice on UCAS applications.

Chris Prince, schools and colleges liaison officer at the University of Lincoln, visited Tollbar to unveil a plaque endorsing the close relationship between the two centres.

He then delivered a presentation to year 12 students identifying the key features of an outstanding personal statement, which is an essential element within the UCAS application process.

Mr Prince be returning on July 12 to work with those students who intend to apply for medicine or Oxbridge degree courses.

Chris Prince, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer for the University of Lincoln, delivers a presentation to Year 12 students at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College

Students will also be visiting the University of Lincoln to attend an English Master class in July The sessions are designed to further extend their knowledge and understanding of the topics they are studying and to give them a glimpse of work at an under-graduate level.

Darren Green, deputy head of Tollbar MAT sixth form college, said: "This support from the University of Lincoln has encouraged more students to apply to them for degree courses and is extremely valuable in assisting students with their applications, no matter which universities they choose.”

Chris Prince, schools and colleges liaison officer at the University of Lincoln, said: “The Schools and colleges liaison team is here to help support Tollbar students and their parents by offering relevant information, advice and guidance on higher education, the Lincoln experience and on university life in general.

"This close working relationship between the University of Lincoln and Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College will be of great benefit to all students who are seeking to apply for a university course.”

Through help from Chris, it is hoped that students will have a better understanding of what to expect from university life, as well as how to deal with the pressures and stresses of studying for an under-graduate degree.

The current year 12 students have already began to put together their UCAS applications, and will submit them for consideration in the Autumn.

Janice Mitchell, head of Tollbar sixth form college, added: “I am very excited regarding this partnership. It will open up great opportunities for our students and enhance the extensive careers guidance support we offer at the college."

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