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iomart support widens pupil participation in University of Strathclyde Business Challenge

23rd July 2013 · Press Releases

iomart Group sponsors innovative summer learning programme

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iomart Group plc has helped a significant number of pupils to attend a learning programme run by the University of Strathclyde that helps widen access to higher education for teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Almost 120 pupils from secondary schools across Scotland have taken part in the University of Strathclyde’s S@S Accelerate Business & Enterprise Challenge since it was launched in 2009.

Bellshill Academy, Inverclyde Academy and Larkhall Academy are among the schools taking part in this year’s programme. During the five-day event, the pupils have the task of rebranding a well-known Scottish town and will present their results to a panel of industry and university experts. The sponsorship of iomart has enabled around 40 pupils to attend.

Iain Mitchell from the Innovative Routes to Learning (IRL) centre at the University of Strathclyde said: “We are delighted that iomart has pledged its support and that we are able to offer a significant number of places to pupils from schools with lower Higher Education participation rates”

Phil Worms, Director of Marketing for iomart Group, said: “As a company, it’s important that we support closer collaboration between higher education and our industry and encourage children to be confident about the learning and career choices they make.”

Jan McGhie, IRL’s Business Challenge Leader said: “We’re really delighted that iomart has supported us this year because the young people who take part do show significant improvements in their attitude to their existing academic ability. This gives them the confidence to undertake a university degree as a result.”

The University of Stratchclyde’s S@S Accelerate programme – which includes 13 separate subject areas – is particularly successful in engaging pupils from schools where participation in higher education is below the national average. In 2012, 57% of the 247 participants came from schools where Higher Education progression was below the national average.

The University of Strathclyde was named UK University of the Year in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards. iomart Group plc is one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud and managed hosting services. Among its clients in the education sector is online learning provider ufi/learndirect.

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