Apply by 10 January 2021 to join the Scholars’ Programme for years 9 and 10

Applications are now open for Make Happen UniConnect students to apply for a place on the Scholars’ Programme

The Scholars’ Programme offers an exciting exciting and prestigious opportunity for students in school years 9 and 10 to explore what it’s like to study at a leading university. The aim of the programme is to support you, as a year 9 or 10 student, in developing your knowledge, skills and confidence to apply to go to a leading university.

About the Scholars’ Programme
Run by the Brilliant Club, this seven-week programme involves all successful students on the Scholars’ Programme working with a PhD tutor – someone studying for their third degree who is a world-class researcher – who will lead seven university-style tutorials in which you study a ‘super-curricular’ topic related to the PhD tutor’s area of expertise.

What we’re looking for
To apply to take part in the Scholars’ Programme, you do not have to be sure that you want to go to university just yet, but you should have an interest in finding out more about university. We are looking for applicants who:

  • are curious about learning new things
  • are prepared to commit to the programme
  • have the potential to go on and study at a top university

How to apply
Applications are now open, and the closing date is Sunday 10 January 2021 at 6pm. Following the application process, successful candidates will start the programme in March 2021, and each session will take place one day a week. To apply to take part in the Scholars’ Programme you will need to write a personal statement of no more than 450-500 words, explaining:

  • your motivation for applying for a place on the programme
  • your passion for your favourite subject area
  • why you think you would benefit from the Scholars’ Programme
  • how you will demonstrate your commitment to attending tutorials and completing the required work outside of school hours without neglecting your school work

Your personal statement should be written in clear English and set out in logical paragraphs. Please read the further information, then complete and submit your application by no later than 6pm on Sunday 10 January 2021.  You will receive a response about your application by 22 January 2021.

If you are not sure of your postcode and whether this affects your eligibility to apply, or if you have any questions, please email Amy Turner at

Apply for the Scholars Programme via this link. NB: we recommend that you prepare your personal statement in advance.

Further information – please read before applying  

1. Places cannot be guaranteed on the programme. If there is not sufficient interest in a subject stream, this placement will not go ahead.

2. Selection criteria will apply including academic ability, postcode, preferred subject area and detail within the personal statement.

3. Make Happen is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students (OfS). The main focus of Uni Connect is to provide targeted higher education outreach to young people in years 9 to 13 living in particular geographic areas. Thus, postcode forms part of our selection criteria and students who do not live in postcodes we work with will not be eligible for this programme. If you have been advised to apply to the Scholars Programme by your school, then please complete the full application. If you are making your application independently (e.g. by reading about it on social media), then please email Amy Turner at: to check your postcode eligibility.

4. You may be offered a place on your second or third choice programme if you state ‘yes’ in the section above.

5. You will hear back from Amy Turner regarding your application by 22 January 2021.

6. If you are successful, we will need to seek parental permission and they will be required to complete Parent Information by 9 February 2021, otherwise your place may be given to someone else.

7. Times and dates of tutorials are to be confirmed, but a commitment of 7 sessions will be expected. All sessions will be delivered after school via an online platform.

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