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ENHANCING EXCELLENCE SUCCESS

What is the Enhancing Excellence Programme?

Enhancing Excellence exists to support a cohort of students who are intending to apply to the most prestigious universities in the UK (called the Russell Group universities) and to medical, veterinary science and dental schools. Last year 146 students were members of these groups and their applications to Russell Group universities were about 3 times more likely to be successful.

What happens in Enhancing Excellence?

The programme is delivered via designated, subject area-specific tutor groups which meet weekly from the beginning of the Lower Sixth to the end of your time at Notre Dame. In a similar way to other tutor groups, EE groups will offer pastoral support, celebrate equality and diversity, get involved in charitable work, set and monitor targets, introduce students to a range of careers and other opportunities post-Notre Dame and explore issues such as mental and physical health and personal safety; but about three-quarters of tutorial time will be allotted to EE-related activities. You will be given the chance to research and deliver your own presentations, discuss topics relevant to the degrees for which you wish to apply in depth, keep up a learning log and talk about it with a mentor, attend relevant and stretching trips and conferences, be helped in your eventual applications to university and be encouraged and supported in your efforts to gain the high grades demanded at Russell Group universities.

How do you join?

You will apply and be interviewed at enrolment. Invitation to join the programme is dependent on your performance here and your GCSE results.

Key contact

Kitty Graham
Enhancing Excellence Coordinator
k.graham@notredamecoll.ac.uk

RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITIES
OVER 75% OF STUDENTS on the Enhancing Excellence programme gain places at Russell Group universities.

WORLD TOP UNIVERSITY OFFERS
52 of our students hold offers for world top 25 universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s London, LSE and UCL.

OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
This year nine students have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge across a wide range of subjects including Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Spanish, Linguistics and Geography. Applicants for English or English-related courses have been particularly successful this year, with four offers.

28% OF OXBRIDGE APPLICANTS RECEIVED OFFERS
40% higher than the 20% national applicant-to-offer figure for State schools.

MEDEVS
We have a very successful Medev (Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine) programme under the Enhancing Excellence umbrella, including links with WAMS and Open Wide, Leeds University’s programmes aimed at widening access to Medicine and Dentistry respectively.

55% OF APPLICANTS RECEIVED OFFERS FOR MEDEV COURSES
The national average applicants-to-offers figure for medical/dental schools or veterinary colleges is 10%. By contrast, Notre Dame has attained a 55% success rate, with 17 of our 31 applicants receiving offers.