All 24 Russell Group universities are to take part in the Dux Awards scheme this year. The initiative rewards secondary students for their potential and performance with the aim of raising university aspirations.
In 2012, 1,400 pupils from 750 schools attended events at participating universities and schools minister David Laws has called for even more to take part this year.
The idea is that teachers in maintained secondary schools select a year 9 pupil as their “Dux” (the Latin for “champion”), who is then rewarded with a visit to a Russell Group university. Registration for this year’s scheme will open later this month and close in mid-February.The events are due to be held from May to July.
Mr Laws wants 2,000 schools to get involved. He said: “Feedback following this year’s scheme has been very positive and there was a very high standard of events delivered by Russell Group members.
“I now want to see the scheme help raise the aspirations of more pupils, and I want more schools to take part and reward those who have performed to a very high level or shown real promise. All schools should play their part in supporting their pupils to set their sights high.”
Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group, said: “Wherever you’re from, with the right grades, attitude and potential, you have a good chance of getting into a Russell Group university.”
For details, visit www.education.gov.uk/dux-university-visits