When the first lockdown was announced, The Sutton Trust and our university partners responded by transitioning all of our programmes online. While we could no longer provide a residential experience, we were committed to creating a digital programme that could rival and exceed our face-to-face programmes in terms of support and impact.
We launched Sutton Trust Online as a digital platform where we could host our summer schools. Now it is evolving into so much more. Not only have students used it to access resources and live sessions as part of their programme but have also been able to explore hundreds of pages of curated content and speak to current university students. This has helped programme participants prepare for, apply to and succeed at university.
The transition to digital delivery has given us the opportunity to expand our support to students by offering more personalised resources, more opportunities to connect with other students and universities, and a programme of exclusive events throughout their final year of school or college.
Since 2020, we’ve supported over 10,000 students with personal statement support and mentorship via Sutton Trust Online. Our partners have held hundreds of hours of live programming from lectures and Q&A panels to cook-along and games nights! In 2022, we will build on our success of the previous years and provide an outstanding experience and unparalleled support for our students. We are also excited to announce that alongside our Summer Schools, we will be able to support even more young people through our STO Core Programme delivered on Sutton Trust Online.
Though it was not the ideal situation, I found the programme adapted to the online form well and we still had the regular sessions an in person summer school would have. I loved the more social sides of the day, like the tutor meeting in the morning which helped it feel more personal.
Jasmine, UK Summer Schools 2020 - The University of Nottingham
The 'Virtual Work Experience' was an incredible way of staying productive during this difficult time. It distracted me from the darkness of the current pandemic and allowed me to dream of a brighter future.
Participant, Pathways to Law 2020
Even though it was a virtual programme, I still enjoyed it immensely as I was able to form new connections, and meet other students also applying to medicine... Even though it was digital, I appreciated how easy it was to log onto the Sutton Trust portal and watch videos about the university life, and complete activities.
Kirthana, UK Summer Schools 2020 - Cardiff University