University of Leeds, Reach for Excellence – applications now open. The deadline for all applications is 23:59 on Thursday 14th November 2019

We are getting in touch to highlight that recruitment for Reach for Excellence (RfE), the University of Leeds’ flagship widening participation scheme, is now open and to ask you to promote this to Y12 students within your school.

About Reach for Excellence

Reach for Excellence is designed to support and motivate young people who demonstrate potential but who may not have considered applying to a research intensive university. We recruit participants in Year 12 and provide wide-ranging support alongside their studies in Year 12 and Year 13, which will help to strengthen their attainment and prepare them for making decisions about university, whether they wish to apply to the University of Leeds or elsewhere.

Successful RfE applicants are invited to engage with a wide range of subject-specific academic taster sessions, sample university-level lectures and intensive study skills workshops. We also offer a broad range of advice and guidance sessions that include life skills, how to navigate choices of university and course, UCAS applications, student loans and finances, careers information, and a variety of enrichment experiences. RfE students will also be invited to apply to attend our residential summer school held at the University of Leeds in 2020.

Events primarily take place at the University of Leeds campus in school/college holiday periods to minimise curricular disruption while encouraging independent study habits. More information about Reach for Excellence, including the eligibility criteria, can be found on our website.

How to apply

The deadline for all applications is 23:59 on Thursday 14th November 2019.

All applications must be submitted online and supporting references will be requested from a teacher or tutor at the school. The application form and guidance notes are available here:

Entry to the scheme is competitive. We strongly encourage all applicants to read the guidance notes thoroughly and to pay particular attention to the Supporting Statements portion of the application form. Places will be allocated to students based on information provided in their application.

Promotional materials – including a poster which could be displayed in common rooms or study areas – and application guidelines are available to view and download on our website.