BRIDGING THE GAP 2020
The UK's first graduate-led conference for Black and mixed race A-Level & IB students
BRIDGING THE GAP 2020
The conference aims to ensure students leave feeling confident about sitting their exams and better prepared for university.
At Bridging the Gap 2020, students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, panel discussions and smaller group sessions with four main themes: Exam Preparation, Subject-specific Sessions, Mental Health and Results Day & Early University Life.
The day will be fully interactive, as each session will be followed by an open Q&A section, where students can ask questions about anything they are still unsure of, helping them to get the most out of the day.
The best bits of this year's conference!
Students took part in subject-specific sessions for their stated preferences in both A-Level/IB courses and university disciplines. Young Black Teachers Network, Black Teachers Connect & many volunteer tutors assisted us with the teaching sessions, where students were able to go through difficult past paper questions or gain helpful revision & exam technique advice. Our university student & graduate helpers also gave comprehensive, relatable and honest advice about their courses. Our phrase of the day: no questions are off limits!
LUNCHTIME AND GROUP ACTIVITIES
Of course, we didn't disappoint when it came to lunch-time - all attendees were treated to some steaming hot Domino's pizza! We also enjoyed many group challenges and mini competitions in between our academic sessions. Well done to the winning team on your victory (let's see if you can hold onto the title at the Summer Link-Up!)
YOUR TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS
We put together a friendly and engaging panel of recent graduates to help answer questions on their time before, at & post-university. To encourage students to get involved, we limited set questions from the moderator in order to prioritise audience requests and even introduced an 'anonymous' feature on our question submission platform - luckily, the phrase of the day still came into play and we were able to have very honest and informative conversations on results day and early university realities!
STAYING CONNECTED WITH STUDENTS
The Blueprint Project’s email account and social media will be available after the conference for students to stay in touch with us and contact us should they have any further queries.
SUMMER LINK UP
We hope to organise a catch up session in the summer for the students after results day. This will be a more relaxed opportunity for us to follow up with the attendees and address any further concerns, as well as for them to socialise and create more connections.
CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH THEIR ACS
We want to put students in touch with the African & Caribbean Societies at their future universities. This will enable them to form relationships with current students from similar backgrounds and get to know the culture of the university before they start.
WHO CAN APPLY
Students we feel will benefit most from attending will meet the following criteria:
Studying at a state school
Of Black African and/or Caribbean heritage
With minimum predicted grades of BBB (or IB equivalent)
Sitting A Level or IB exams in Summer 2020 or 2021
In Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or Year 13 (Upper Sixth)
The application process involves completing a short form so we can get to know you
better and understand your academic concerns!
Applications have now closed, but if you'd like to be informed of when applications re-open in 2021, please email email@example.com!
WHEN IS THE NEXT BRIDGING THE GAP CONFERENCE?
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until 2021 for that - but don't worry, it's closer than you think!
WHERE CAN I FIND DETAILS ABOUT THE SUMMER LINK UP?
We'll email everyone who attended Bridging the Gap 2020, as well as our waiting list students to invite you to our Summer Link Up closer to the time.
WHAT OTHER EVENTS WILL THE BLUEPRINT PROJECT HOLD IN 2020?
We've got plans to hold a number of exciting events for Black and mixed race students in Years 7-13 this year. Look out for more announcement from us on our social media platforms and of course, right here on our official website!
HOW CAN I CONTACT SOMEONE I MET ON THE DAY?
We can't give out any student attendee details - however, we're more than happy to connect you with our university student, graduate and teacher helpers! Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'M INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT AT OTHER EVENTS - WHAT DO I DO?
Please visit our About Us page, which has more information on how you can sign up to help out with future events.
WHERE CAN I FIND PICTURES AND VIDEOS TAKEN ON THE DAY?
We emailed all attendees a link to access pictures and videos from Bridging the Gap 2020. If you didn't receive an email from us, please let us know!
I CAN'T FIND MY QUESTION. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?
Please reach out to us at anytime through our email address (email@example.com) or through our social media channels (@teamblueprint_ on Instagram and Twitter, @teamblueprint1 on Facebook). You can also use the 'Contact' page on our website!