The Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme
It was great to be able to interact with someone who has been through the process I will be going through.
Aimhigher Mentors are undergraduates who provide face-to-face and on-line support and encouragement to learners as they encounter the various transition milestones between Year 9 and Year 13. Mentors receive training to help them in this role, and are fully CRB checked. The Aimhigher partnership will place over 100 mentors in around 30 schools, academies and colleges during 2011/12, supporting more than 500 young people.
For more information on Aimhigher Mentoring:
Or contact Josie Hurd 0121 331 6269
2012/13 Mentoring Scheme On-line Evaluation
On-line surveys are now live for this year's Aimhigher mentors and the young people they are supporting. To access the surveys click the relevant links below.
If you experience any problems please contact Matthew Horton via email or telephone on 0121 414 2510 or mobile 07828 725 228.
UniFest Summer Schools
The experience has been truly inspiring. She has returned with much needed valuable information to help with future decisions.
UniFest is a targeted programme of residential and non-residential events giving young people in Years 10, 11 or 12 the chance to taste student life at one of our partner universities. With 3 day / 2 night residential places available at £200 per student and non-residential events at £50 per student per day (inclusive of all transport, accommodation, catering and activity-related costs), UniFest is a highly effective way to raise students' aspirations and provide them with independent progression information and advice.
The 2012 UniFest programme was a great success, with 200 young people spending a total of 571 days and 342 nights at one of our partner universities. In addition, more than 380 parents attended the information and advice evenings held in advance of UniFest, visiting host universities to find out more about the forthcoming events and receive advice and guidance on how best to support their child’s progression towards higher education. Our UniFest Review 2012 report captures feedback from the young people involved, and explores the positive difference attending had on their aspirations, knowledge and confidence about future progression.
UniFest Safeguarding Arrangements
Aimhigher universities have a duty of care towards the young people attending UniFest events. Staff in participating schools, academies and colleges, and the parents or carers of UniFest learners, can access the key safeguarding policies of our partner universities and the Aimhigher guidance they work to by reading our UniFest Programme-Wide Safeguarding Arrangements page.
Discussions about education/careers have made me consider more opportunities in future life.
This project works to develop young peoples' awareness of Health-related careers, and aims to:
- Enhance the opportunities for young people to find out about the diversity of health-related careers
- Provide young people with information about the pathways for learning progression (academic and vocational) that give access to health-related careers
- Give young people opportunities to meet current health professionals, visit hospitals and gain work experience in the sector
For more information on Aimhigher Healthy Careers:
Or contact Jean Knee 07982 411861
The Learning Choices and FACE Evaluation Service
Having the ability to systematically monitor our pupils' aspirations and confidence about life after school informs so many aspects of our planning and quality improvement work.
This service gives is designed to help schools, academies and colleges identify the learning and career aspirations of an agreed cohort of young people, to inform curriculum planing and the development of student support services.
For more information on Evaluation Services:
Or contact Mat Horton 0121 414 2510
Partnership Agreements and Legals
Partnership Agreements will be drawn up and signed with each subscribing organization. This will specify the services to be delivered by the partner universities, and their expectations of subscribers as service users. An illustrative example of an Aimhigher Partnership Agreement can be viewed here:
The following terms and conditions also apply:
- Force majeure. Neither Party shall have any liability or be deemed to be in breach of this Agreement for any delays or failures in performance of this Agreement that result from circumstances beyond the reasonable control of that Party, including without limitation labour disputes involving that Party. The Party affected by such circumstances shall promptly notify the other Party in writing when such circumstances cause a delay or failure in performance and when they cease to do so.
- Amendment. This Agreement may only be amended in writing signed by duly authorised representatives of the Parties.
- Waiver. No failure or delay on the part of either Party to exercise any right or remedy under this Agreement shallbe construed or operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right or remedy preclude the further exercise of such right or remedy.
- Invalid clauses. If any provision or part of this Agreement is held to be invalid, amendments to this Agreement may be made by the addition or deletion of wording as appropriate to remove the invalid part or provision but otherwise retain the provision and the other provisions of this Agreement to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.
- No Agency. Neither Party shall act or describe itself as the agent of the other, nor shall it make or represent that it has authority to make any commitments on the other’s behalf.
Interpretation. In this Agreement:
- the headings are used for convenience only and shall not affect its interpretation;
- references to persons shall include incorporated and unincorporated persons;
- where any party comprises more than one person the obligations and liabilities of that Party under this Agreement shall be joint and several obligations and liabilities of those persons;
- references to the singular include the plural and vice versa;
- references to the masculine include the feminine and vice versa;
- references to Clauses and Schedules mean clauses of, and schedules to, this Agreement;
- references in this Agreement to termination shall include termination by expiry;
- where the word "including" is used it shall be understood as meaning "including without limitation"; and
- references to any statutory provision, enactment, order, regulation or other similar instrument shall be construed as a reference to the statutory provision, enactment, order, regulation or instrument (including any EU instrument) as amended, replaced, consolidated or re–enacted from time to time and shall include any orders, regulations, codes of practice, instruments or other subordinate legislation made under it.
- Any notice to be given under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be sent by first class mail or air mail, to the relevant address of the relevant Party as set out below, or such other address as that Party may from time to time notify to the other Party in accordance with this Clause. In the case of notices to the University, to: Mike Thompson, Aimhigher, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom. In the case of notices to service users Aimhigher will write to the signatory of the current Aimhigher Partnership Agreement.
- Notices sent as above shall be deemed to have been received three working days after the day of posting (in the case of inland first class mail) or seven working days after the date of posting (in the case of air mail).
- Further action. Each Party agrees to execute, acknowledge and deliver such further instruments, and do all further similar acts, as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes and intent of this Agreement.
- Announcements. Neither Party shall make any press or other public announcement concerning any aspect of this Agreement, or make any use of the name of the other Party in connection with or in consequence of this Agreement, without the prior written consent of the other Party.
- Entire agreement. This Agreement, including its Schedules, sets out the entire agreement between the Parties relating to its subject matter and supersedes all prior oral or written agreements, arrangements or understandings between them relating to such subject matter and the Parties acknowledge that they are not relying on any representation, agreement, term or condition which is not set out in this Agreement.
- Third parties. This Agreement does not create any right enforceable by any person who is not a party to it (‘Third Party’) under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, but this Clause does not affect any right or remedy of a Third Party which exists or is available apart from that Act.
- Non-use of names. The service user shall not use, and shall ensure that its Affiliates do not use, the name, any adaptation of the name, any logo, trademark or other device of the Partnership or any individual University, in any advertising, promotional or sales materials without prior written consent obtained from the Partnership or University in each case.
- Dispute Resolution. If any dispute arises in connection with this Agreement it shall be notified in writing by one Party to the other. An initial meeting between such senior officers each Party nominates shall be held within 30 days of receipt of notice solely in order to negotiate in good faith to resolve the matter in dispute. If the dispute cannot be settled by the nominated senior officers, a senior executive of the Partnership and the Chief Executive Officer or equivalent of the service user shall meet promptly to try and resolve the dispute.
- Mediation. If the Parties fail to settle any dispute under Clause 1.16 within 60 days of such initial meeting then the parties will attempt to settle it by mediation in accordance with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution ("CEDR") Model Mediation Procedure. Unless otherwise agreed between the Parties, the mediator will be nominated by CEDR. To initiate the mediation a Party must give notice in writing ("ADR notice") to the other Party to the dispute requesting a mediation. A copy of the request should be sent to CEDR. The mediation will not start later than 30 days after the date of the ADR notice.
- Court Proceedings. No Party may commence any court proceedings in relation to any dispute arising out of this agreement until it has attempted to settle the dispute by mediation pursuant to the provisions of Clauses 1.16 and 1.17 above and either mediation has terminated or the other Party has failed to participate in the mediation, provided that the right to issue court proceedings or apply for interim injunctive relief is not prejudiced by a delay.
- Governing Law and Jurisdiction. The construction, validity and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by English Law and, subject to Clauses 1.16, 1.17 and 1.18 above, the Parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England except that a Party may seek an interim injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction.
- Freedom of information. If a party receives a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act") to disclose any information that, under this Agreement, is confidential information, it will notify and consult with the other party. The other party will respond to the party within 5 days after receiving the party’s notice if that notice requests the other party to provide information to assist the party to determine whether or not an exemption to the Act applies to the information requested under that Act.
- Data Protection. Each party undertakes to observe and abide by the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to all personal data and sensitive personal data held by one or the other either directly or indirectly related to the performance of this Agreement.
- Good Conduct. The parties shall be entitled to cancel this Agreement immediately upon written notice if the other party or its employees or agents are found to have made, offered, accepted or taken or agreed to make or take any gift, bribe, hospitality or consideration of any kind from any person or body as an inducement or reward for showing or forbearing to show favour or disfavour to any person or for doing or forbearing to do any action in relation to or for the purposes of offering or obtaining an advantage in relation to performance of this Agreement or where such action is in contravention of the Bribery Act 2010. The parties warrant that they have adequate and robust policies and procedures in place in accordance with guidance issued under the Bribery Act 2010.
- Equality. The parties shall not unlawfully discriminate either directly or indirectly on such grounds as gender, race, colour, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 or any re-enactment thereof and all legislation and directives relating to equality and discrimination.
- Termination of breach. Either of the parties to this agreement shall be entitled to terminate this agreement immediately by notice in writing to the other party if the other party shall commit any material breach of any of its obligations under this agreement and shall fail to remedy such breach (if capable of remedy) within 30 days after being given notice by the first party so to do.
Termination on non-performance, non-payment or insolvency. Where either party (in this clause referred to as 'the party in default'):
- for any reason whatever suspends its performance of all or any part of the obligations under this Agreement ); or
- fails to proceed regularly and diligently to perform its obligations under this Agreement ; or
- fails to pay any sum properly due under this agreement; or
- goes into liquidation whether compulsory or voluntary (except for the purposes of a bona fide reconstruction or amalgamation with the consent of the other party to this agreement such consent not to be unreasonably withheld); or
- has an administrator, administrative receiver or receiver appointed over any part of its assets or undertaking, then the other party (in this clause ‘the party giving notice’) may give but shall not be obliged to give a notice to the party in default specifying the default. If the party in default shall continue such default for 7 days [or shall at any time thereafter repeat such default] then without prejudice to any other rights of the parties the party giving notice may by notice immediately terminate this agreement.
- Costs and Expenses. Save as otherwise stated in this Agreement, each party shall pay its own costs and expenses in relation to the negotiation, preparation, execution and carrying into effect of this Agreement.