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Can you make a difference to a young person in South Yorkshire?

Can you make a difference to a young person in South Yorkshire? We’re looking for 10 motivated graduates to take part in the GROW mentoring programme – supporting young people to re-engage with school following COVID-19.

This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire and motivate the next generation as they reflect on another challenging year of education and look forward to their GCSEs and A-levels and post-16 and 18 choices. Your role would be to support a small group of 14-18 year-olds at a crucial point in their education, and engage, motivate and encourage them to make the most of their school year.

As part of the programme, you’ll be paid to receive in-depth training in mentoring and coaching from our leading academics to support you to deliver the course, and you’ll gain invaluable work experience and personal development to enhance your own employability.

More information can be found out about the GROW Mentoring Programme and the previous South Yorkshire pilot scheme by checking out the GROW Mentoring Blog.

Applications are open until 3rd January 2022.

Hallam highlighted by Department of Education for boosting social mobility

South Yorkshire Futuresa social mobility partnership led by Sheffield Hallam, that is committed to improving education and raising aspiration for young people in the region has been highlighted by the Department of Education on social media as an example of best practice within the sector. South Yorkshire Futures was also praised by Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, at a THE event earlier this week

Sheffield Hallam joins forces for early years

Sheffield Hallam University and South Yorkshire’s four local authorities have created a new regional strategy to improve speech, language and communication skills for children under five. The Regional Speech, Language and Communications Skills Strategy aims to improve provision for children in early years settings across the region.

Alongside the strategy, the project team has created a website to help parents, carers and early years professionals in the region to support the development of children’s communication skills. The four local authorities (SheffieldDoncasterRotherham and Barnsley) each have a dedicated section to support people in their area.​​​​​​​

Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that, in partnership with South Yorkshire’s four local authorities, we are able to launch this Regional Speech, Language and Communications Skills Strategy today.

“Too many children in South Yorkshire still face significant barriers to fulfilling their potential. This strategy and the supporting resources will allow us to improve knowledge and services across the region, ensuring that children receive the right support to build the communications skills they need in the vital early years stage.”

Read the full story here.


Open to all? Using our physical and digital spaces to better engage local communities

Earlier in 2021 the Civic University Network issued a blog written by the University of Gloucester, on their purchase of a former Debenhams building, and plans to include community space in its future use.

In a piece written for THE, Richard Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam and Chair of the Civic University Network Partner’s Group explores this theme further and suggests that there has never been a better opportunity for universities to consider how our spaces can facilitate better engagement with our local communities.