A SUMMER school which aims to raise the hopes of African Caribbean and shared heritage students in Huddersfield has been presented in the House of Commons.
Michelle Bartholomew, a senior lecturer at Huddersfield University and manager of the 'make a difference because you're worth it' school, was at the event.
It was hosted by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee, and aimed to share good practice and show the work of the school, which is part of the Government's AimHigher scheme.
Forty young people from All Saints, Fartown, Mirfield Free Grammar, Newsome, Rawthorpe and Rastrick high schools and Moor End Technology College are taking part in the four-day summer school this July.
It will be at the university's Clinical and Health Sciences Department.
Ms Bartholomew said: "The purpose of the summer school is to provide an exciting insight into university life to young people from the African Caribbean and shared heritage community who are an under-represented group in higher education.
"The aim is to motivate them and also dispel many of the myths associated with university life. We also hope to remove some barriers, such as poor self-esteem and lack of confidence.
"The aim is to raise the aspirations of young people who are capable of achieving the entry requirements for higher education, but for the reasons mentioned and/or family, cash and educational backgrounds may not consider applying."
The summer school includes short programmes on the many academic subjects offered on the health and sports studies degree course, including information on pastoral care and support and study skills.
The academic sessions will involve tutors and community representatives providing taster sessions of lectures, seminars, work/study in laboratories and workshops.
"Britain's ethnic minorities have experienced disadvantage in employment for many years," said Ms Bartholomew.
"For example, African Caribbean males are always nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterparts with similar qualifications.
"One day will focus on employment, giving students the chance to find out more about career opportunities, the skills and knowledge needed for different jobs and also how to apply for university. "
The event ends with an award ceremony attended by the students, parents, carers, teachers and staff.