Merseyside Young Health and Life Scientists
Merseyside Young Health and Life Scientists (MYHLS) is a rolling three-year programme of health-related activities and support for young people in Years 9-11 who are from under-represented groups and have the potential and interest in studying health and life sciences subjects at university. Pupils will then be supported to, where applicable, apply for post-16 projects.
Local schools will be invited in the Autumn to nominate Year 9 pupils to participate in MYHLS which will run until the end of Year 11. Year 9 pupils will experience all 6 course streams:
- Veterinary Sciences
- Health Sciences
- Life Sciences
In Year 10 pupils will choose their stream and follow that programme in Years 10 and 11.
The programme aims to:
- Increase pupil confidence, motivation and aspirations
- Develop pupil understanding of the subject qualification choices needed for health and life sciences study and careers
- Provide curriculum enrichment to stretch skills, abilities and understanding
- Familiarise pupils with the Faculty, University and campus
- Enhance pupil knowledge by visiting real life HLS settings such as a local hospital, veterinary practice or laboratories
- Support pupils to make informed choices and decisions.
What does the programme involve?
Pupils will participate in activities at the University as part of a curriculum designed to build knowledge and experience incrementally.
Current HLS students will work with pupils as valuable role models, delivering a programme of health science related activities as well as generic sessions, such as:
- Team building, problem solving and communication skills
- Life as a student in the Faculty and Health and Life Sciences
- Exploring the human body
- Careers in medicine and health
- Debating ethics
- Study support and mentoring
- Student finance
- Work experience and reflection
Who is it for?
Pupils in local partner schools are prioritised based on a range of indicators:
- A strong desire to study a health sciences subject
- Prior achievement in maths and science
- Predicted ability to progress to university level study
- Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad
- Be in receipt of, or entitled to, free school meals
- Live in a neighbourhood which has a low rate of progression to higher education, or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by the student's home postcode.
- Have parents working in non-professional occupations (socio-economic groups 4-8)
- Be in the care of their local authority, or have experience of being in care, or be a young adult carer.
For more information on Merseyside Young Health and Life Scientists, please contact Abbie.Harrendence@liverpool.ac.uk