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Hosting a residential Summer School: Top Tips and Best Practice

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School of Materials Summer School

Some top tips from Sam Kalubowil:

  • Strong communication is essential - right from the start of the planning process
  • The Student Ambassador team really need to get to know each other; bonding is crucial to success
  • Programming: there's a social side and an academic learning side - it's important to build in both sides
  • Student Ambassadors are fantastic role models and can share their experiences of being at a student at university and why they made the choices they did.
  • Finish with a graduation ceremony - give your event a sense of completion and achievement

Some practical considerations from Rachel Bailey:

  • Enhanced DBS checks are required for UoM staff and students leading and delivering residential summer schools - Rachel Bailey
  • Child protection training - offered by STDU for UoM staff and WP can help support training for UoM students.
  • Create master plans for your Student Ambassadors - these are vital so everyone knows who, what, what, when at any given time

Top Tips from our speakers

When and where?

19 November 2014, 1-2pm, University Place 3.213


This session welcomed three colleagues to speak about their experiences of running residential pre-application summer schools for school and college students aged 18 and under, share key safeguarding information on working with this audience and type of activity, and will give attendees the chance to discuss their plans for residential activity and ask any questions.


  • Sam Kalubowila: Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Coordinator Sam has over 8 years experience of running residentials, both on and off campus for different age groups and will share his experience and top tips.
  • Rachel Bailey: Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Manager Rachel will share key information in terms of safeguarding and good practice when planning and delivering a residential activity.
  • Laura Winters: Science and Communication Officer, School of Materials Laura has experience of running a residential summer school within an academic school both with and without the involvement of an external partner, and will share her experience and top tips..

Resources for Researchers

Catch up with the recorded session below:


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