NTU Progression is a free programme of opportunities designed to help school pupils access and then succeed at university. Many may be unsure of what university is like, if it’s for them or how to prepare the best possible application.
Mackenzie became involved with the programme when she was at The Farnborough Academy in Clifton. She took part in five events held at the university where she was able to speak to students. She also heard talks from guest speakers about different subjects that could be studied. She said that it opened up her eyes to the huge range of possible careers out there. As part of the programme, she also undertook a week of work experience at the university.
Mackenzie had always been interested in teaching. However, through attending the programme and hearing from inspirational academics at the university, she would like to specialise in teaching people in prisons. She is now planning to study criminology at university when she has finished her current courses at Nottingham College.
NTU Progression is making a real difference in improving outcomes for young people. The programme was shortlisted by The Guardian University Awards for helping to support young people from under-represented groups progress to any university they choose.
“The scheme made me realise the opportunities that were out there. I hadn’t thought about teaching in prisons as a possibility but it very much seems to suit my personality and how I want to help people in my future career.”