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What is HeppSY?

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HeppSY) is a programme dedicated to helping students access and be informed about Higher Education. We work in partnership with schools across South Yorkshire, as well as Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

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Who is HeppSY?

Mohammed Rafiq is TRC’s HeppSY Adviser and can be contacted by email at mohammed.rafiq@thomroth.ac.uk


What to expect?

  • Campus visits
  • Interactive workshops
  • The HeppSY bus
  • Motivational speakers
  • 1:1 appointments
  • Visits from academics and outreach staff
  • Collaboration with other students in South Yorkshire

Click on the link below to read a case study on how HeppSY have helped one TRC student with their decision to apply for Higher Education:


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Student Finance

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HeppSY at your college

Last year HeppSY ran a variety of higher education opportunities at Thomas Rotherham College, including:

The Scholars Programme, Brilliant Club February – May 2019

Following the launch event at University of Nottingham, six students completed the Brilliant Club programme submitting their 2,500-word essay on the topic ‘Cemetery and Society in Ancient Athens, Greece.’ Their assignments were marked at undergraduate level and all students achieved first-class marks.

The students attended a graduation at the University of Sheffield to celebrate their achievements, alongside other schools/colleges who took part in the programme. Each student was awarded a certificate and were congratulated by Professor Brendan Stone, the University of Sheffield Deputy Vice-President for Education, as well as their PhD tutor and ex TRC student Carrie Sawtell.

Participating in Brilliant Club allowed me to complete an assignment at university level standards, giving me a small taste of what that environment would be like, as well as presenting the opportunity for me to study a specific area of research which otherwise I would not have been able to study. That chance to learn about something so unique and interesting is invaluable, and the actual learning process was definitely the part I enjoyed the most!” Student


Challenge Yourself February – June 2019 

Challenge Yourself involved students taking part in a range of activities such as:

  • Indoor climbing at the Foundry
  • Weaselling and abseiling in the Peak District
  • Low ropes, high ropes and problem-solving activities at Thornbridge Outdoors.

In each phase students were put into teams to achieve unfamiliar goals which improved team building, confidence and resilience. As a result of taking part in the project students also came away with knowledge of how to make a UCAS application by attending a session on writing a personal statement and ways of incorporating Challenge Yourself into this.

Parents and students were also invited to a celebration event in the Foundation Room where students who took part were given a certificate and some students were given special awards!

“It’s helped me to cope with unfamiliar situations, working in a team and speaking to people I don’t know.” Student, 2018

“Project involved doing what I enjoy but in new and unfamiliar situations, being able to try something new that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to.” Student, 2019


Bradford University Media and Film Studies workshop, May 2019:

Chris Hazell, TV production lecturer at Bradford University came to run a film workshop in the sunshine with our Media and Film students. Chris has gained his expertise from 23 years as a cameraman for the BBC and taught students about coverage, establishing shots, master shots and the importance of good quality sound and lighting. As well as this, how difficult and time consuming it is to film something with these basic skills and how important planning and organisation is. The students even came away from the day with footage that they will be using for their coursework.


Please read the HeppSY privacy notice and keep an eye out for HeppSY activity taking place across college this year.

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