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Spring University - Years 10 & 11

3 - 5 April 2023

Across 3 days you’ll explore the different higher education options available to you, enjoy a range of activities, including subject taster sessions, meet current university students, and take part in social activities.

You'll stay in our accommodation and experience life as a university student.

Applications close 31 January 2023

Spring University Application Form Teacher's notes Spring University poster
In partnership with HEON (Higher Education Outreach Network)
Check out the beautiful campus you'll be staying on

The week

“I learnt a lot from the lectures we had. It was a good way to make new friends and learn what uni life is like.”

“The residential was so good the bonding between new people, activities were very interactive and a very good overall experience would do it again.”

“It was absolutely amazing and life changing, the ability to learn as well as socialise easily with others has been spectacular and it’s something I will never forget in my life.”

During the residential, you’ll take part in a programme of academic workshops, as well as information and guidance sessions about options available to you when you finish school like apprenticeships and university. We are working with our partners at HEON to deliver a wide range of subject activities. Our student ambassadors support these sessions, giving you real-life examples and tips about becoming a university student.

During the few days you'll spend with us we'll give you the chance to meet new people and get an insight into the social side of university life. We will organise a set of social activities online to recreate some of the fun of a residential.

Spring University is free to eligible students. 

We will cover the cost of: 

  • Your accommodation
  • Meals
  • Resources
  • Social activities

We will do our very best to cater for all students' needs and requirements.

Food and accommodation during Ramadan

  • As this Spring University takes place during the Holy Month of Ramadan, we will provide food for the opening and breaking of the fast for any students fasting.
  • Students have their own private, en suite bedroom, which is part of a flat where other Spring University students will be staying.
  • Each flat has a shared kitchen with fridges, cupboards, microwaves and ovens. We will provide food in students' flats to open and break fast and also collect meals and store them for students in the flat fridges.
  • Vegetarian options will be available at every meal.
  • Those students fasting are also very welcome to bring food from home if they prefer.

Flats will be single gender (currently binary), and split into Male-only and Female-only flats.

Space for daily prayers

  • We have spaces on our campus open to individuals as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection for people of all faiths and none. 
  • Students who would like to use these spaces can let us know the times they would like access and we will check the availability.
  • There is a Muslim Prayer Room on campus
  • If the room is not available we will book a separate space so that daily prayers are not impacted.
  • Students are asked to let us know in advance if they would require us to make specific arrangements.

Application process

The Spring University is a collaboration between HEON and Royal Holloway, University of London.

To apply for the Spring University you must: 

  • Be in Year 10 or 11
  • Expected to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 9-4
  • Do not attend a fee paying school

You live in a HEON target postcode 

HEON postcodes are areas where young people are less likely to attend Higher Education in the future.

HEON postcodes are found in these 11 parts of Surrey and Hampshire:

Aldershot Park, Ashford North & Stanwell South, Cherrywood, Chertsey St Ann’s, Hoe Valley, North Town, Old Dean, Preston, Stanwell North, Stoke and Wellington.

OR you meet 1 of the following

You are living or have lived in Local Authority Care
  • living with foster carers
  • living in a residential children's home
  • being looked after at home under a supervision order
  • living with friends or relatives in kinship care – either through a formal arrangement (e.g. a Special Guardianship order)
You are a refugee or asylum seeker  

OR meet 2 of the following criteria:

Criteria Further information

Both parents/guardians have no experience of higher education in the UK


You’re eligible for free school meals, pupil premium or other additional funding at school or college


You have a disability or health condition that impacts on your daily life

We use the 2010 Equality Act as our basis for categorising disability and health conditions 

You live in an area where relatively few people go on to study at university (click here to check for POLAR 4 Q1)


You are a carer

  1. Complete the Student Application Form by the closing date 31 January 2023
  2. We will let you know if you have been selected | put on a waiting list | or unsuccessful 
  3. If you are successful we will send your school and your parents/carers information about your stay with us in April 2023, and discuss things like transport

For schools

We are very happy to come into school to speak to your students. 

This might be as:

  • An assembly
  • During tutor time
  • Other time that suits you

You can also find teacher notes at the top of this site

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