The Key To Unlocking Your Potential
Studies have demonstrated that pupils attending private schools are more likely to secure places at the UK’s top universities compared to their state-educated peers. Despite this, universities possess an impressive array of diversity among their professors, researchers, lecturers and students, who originate from varying backgrounds.
The UK boasts one of the lowest 17-year-old education participation rates in Europe. Consequently, the government has included broader participation as a crucial element in the campaign targeting a 50% university attendance rate among 18-30-year-olds by 2010. To accomplish this, the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has launched an initiative permitting candidates to indicate their parents’ higher education accomplishments. Admissions tutors now possess access to information pertaining to parents’ professions and ethnicities.
Although this initiative will certainly prove beneficial, several state-educated scholars and their families fail to acknowledge that university entry is equally feasible for them. Pure Potential is an unaffiliated organisation that intends to rewrite this thought process and assist year 12-college students in their journey through university and their careers, irrespective of background.
Marc Zao-Sanders, one of the Pure Potential founders, states that "sometimes there is a fissure between talent and aspiration. We will provide assistance for your endeavours if you possess the intellectual ability to attend most institutions."
Each year, Pure Potential conducts a series of free summer events that accommodate around 10,000 school and college students at universities throughout the country. At these events, scholars receive counselling on their university applications and career prospects, while enjoying the opportunity to visit high-quality institutions and converse with numerous other students.
Aside from these summer events, Pure Potential has launched a website (purepotential.org) that enables pupils to leverage social media tools, undertake a timed LNAT, BMAT or student financing test, apply for temporary or permanent jobs, research career pathways, and register for one of the seven free summer events organised in the country.