The Shine Project with The University of York

One word, “Fantastic" Martyn Broom Head teacher at Halfpenny Lane Primary School

Bringing a little sunshine into our lives

The PET is fortunate to work alongside the unique SHINE programme designed and led by the University of York.  The purpose of SHINE is to widen aspirations, broaden horizons and enhance the attainment levels of participating pupils. It enables students to sample University life, giving them the confidence and independence to consider this as their next step in education. 

SHINE is aimed at students in Year 6 – 11 who have been identified by their school as high achievers but who may  come from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in higher education.


The programme inspires, motivates and helps pupils to achieve academic success and hopefully to then become involved in one of the University’s post-16 support programmes that aim to prepare students for application and entry to higher education.


As part of SHINE, pupils take part in a series of activities both in school and on campus. Examples of ‘on campus’ activities include higher education workshops, a two night residential for Year 10 students and a Conference for Year 11 students. The residential includes sessions that are interactive and hands on ranging from tours around York to sports, media and mock law trials; to demonstrate what university has to offer outside the timetable of formal study. 

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What others have said: 


 'We attended the University of York as part of the Shine project. We completed tasks with students from another school, had a tour of the huge campus and even took part in a mini-graduation!' The University of York is absolutely huge and everything's amazing!'

Louis in Year 6 at Ackworth Howard C of E J&I School


'I learnt a lot about the different words used, including that 'undergraduate' means a student that hasn't finished university yet. The highlight of my day was the campus tour and quiz!"

Will in Year 6 at Ackworth Howard C of E J&I School