The University of Wolverhampton (UoW) has secured over £8 million funding to help increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress into higher education. On Monday 28th of January, 2019 we took a carefully selected group of Learners to Euro Disney to take part in a STEM experience.  This trip was funded as part of an innovation award that was won through Aspire to HE and the University of Wolverhampton.

The trip consisted of 3 days in the Disneyland Resort, Paris. We flew from Luton airport where some Learners were flying for the first time.  They had their first taste of independence in the airport where we encouraged them to explore and meet back at a particular time and place.  The group were quite disjointed in the first stages as they didn’t really know each other.  One Learner even commented that they didn’t really get on with Learners their own age as they couldn’t find any common ground. However, by the second evening, we were watching them all interact, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.  They all commented that they were surprised at how open, honest and non-judgemental each of them were.  One Learner had never eaten out in a restaurant; another didn’t know the difference between salt and pepper pots; whilst others had never been given the amount of independence they experienced whilst away from their families.   

The Learners attended two seminars and were given workbooks to make notes. This was also attended by one other school. We were very proud of our Learners who answered the majority of questions and worked through their books as requested.  Their behaviour throughout this trip was impeccable and made us very proud. The Study rep that dealt with us for the majority of our stay said that our Learners were extremely well behaved – over and above other groups that they have been involved with.