Widening Partipation
Case Studies

Proven Track Record Of Our Engaging Workshops

MADE Training Ltd (MADE) has worked with many Universities and Outreach Networks supporting a variety of Widening Participation and Outreach projects. MADE is a trusted partner in managing and delivering, student, staff, ambassador and parent workshops that deliver tangible results.

We have worked with:

• Essex Collaborative Outreach Network
• Study Higher
• London South Bank University
• Bucks New University
• Newcastle University
• University of Sunderland
• University of Wolverhampton
• University of Reading
• Goldsmiths, University of London
• University of Chichester
• Oxford Brookes University
• Northumbria University
• Sheffield Hallam University
• Cardiff University
• University College London
• University of Oxford
• Anglia Ruskin University

Study Higher

The Client


Study Higher is a collaborative partnership between Bucks New University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and six Further Education Colleges.

The Brief

Study Higher commissions MADE to deliver a series of Study and Exam Preparation workshops each year at partnering Universities. Students from secondary schools visit the institutions to take part.   In 2015/16 MADE delivered our ‘Exams MADE Easy’ workshops to WP students at the Universities of Reading and Oxford respectively. The workshops were designed to:

• Equip students with powerful exam preparation and revision strategies
• Motivate and enthuse learners to perform at their maximum
• Contextualise the importance of exam success in relation to HE progression

Study Higher also commissioned a bespoke one-day staff training event at Oxford Brookes University. The Study Higher staff training event was designed to:

• Develop engaging content for Key Stage 4 and 5 students regarding HE progression
• Coach staff to deliver content in exciting and engaging ways by developing their presentation skills
• Develop techniques to encourage confidence within others and inspire them to consider HE as a progression pathway

The Delivery: December 2015 – November 2016


Our ‘Exam MADE Easy’ workshop was delivered to 141 students at Somerville College at the University of Oxford. Our ‘Exam MADE Easy’ workshop was also delivered to 96 students at the University of Reading. The two workshops took place a week apart.


A fully-resourced (9am – 5pm) intensive training programme was delivered to 22 staff from across the six Study Higher HE and FE institutions.

The Outcome

From the 237 students who took part in the workshops, 98% said they would apply the strategies immediately within their study and revision.

100% of the staff who took part in the bespoke training said they would use the tools and techniques shared within the workshop.

Staff Feedback

“We always really look forward to any session that MADE Training deliver for us! Their sessions are always so engaging, fun and memorable for the young people we work with. The MADE team always manage to deliver sessions that are appropriate and relevant for a particular age group, whilst somehow also managing to amaze and inspire university staff and student ambassadors at the same time. The energy they bring to an event is quite outstanding, and I would highly recommend them for any university outreach activity!”

Tasha Jones (née Gamble), Student Recruitment & Access Officer, University of Reading

Student Feedback

Made me think of more ways to revise – made me realise it’s not as hard as I thought”.

“It has given me more enthusiasm towards my revision and given me more ideas about my future”.

“Gripping and captivating. Today has eased the pressure and difficulty of exams and studying”.

Essex Collaborative Outreach Network

The Client


The Essex Collaborative Outreach Network (ECON) is part of the National Networks of Collaborative Outreach (NNCO). The network aims to be a single point of contact for all schools and colleges in Essex. ECON ensure that all young people from under-represented areas have as many opportunities as possible and reach their potential.

The partners of the network are:

• University of Essex
• Anglia Ruskin University
• University Centre Colchester
• University Centre Southend & Thurrock
• Writtle University College
• Essex County Council

The Brief

The Essex Collaborative Outreach Network planned an event entitled ‘Bridging the Gap’ to help SEN learners discover the diverse range of courses available at degree level and the many opportunities university life has to offer. The event was tailored to students in years 10-13 with parents and support workers also welcome to attend. The day would include a tour of the campus, combined with interactive workshops and presentations to discover ways the university and local authorities can help support young people at university. ECON required a workshop to help students and their carers in clarifying their ambitions and aspirations and set goals to achieve them.

The Delivery – 26/10/2016

The Essex Collaborative Outreach Network contacted MADE and requested the delivery of our POWER HOUR: Goals and Aspirations. The workshop was a popular choice amongst the attendees and was delivered twice to allow all students to attend. The event was delivered by our Head of Training, Sander de Groot.

The Outcome

22 students and their parents/carers/advisers took part in the workshops with all delegates stating that they would be using the skills and techniques learnt. The event was a great success and is just one of many planned with the Essex Collaborative Outreach Network.

(Feedback reports available on request)

Student Feedback:

“It has opened my eyes to what I am able to achieve – I have to just break it down logically”.

Parent Feedback:

“Just what I needed personally at this current time! Thank you”.

IAG Adviser Feedback:

“It was empowering and positive. I can use these techniques personally but also in my professional role as an adviser”.

London South Bank University

The Client

Widening Participation

London South Bank University Outreach Team  (LSBU) provide an outstanding selection of outreach activities to stimulate interest in the benefits of university study, focused on priority catchment areas in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

The Brief

As part of their outreach programme, LSBU had the aim of raising aspirations and developing the independent learning skills of students within years 10 and 12 at their partner schools. LSBU wanted a set of workshops, some of which would be delivered at the schools and some of which would be delivered at the main LSBU campus. The workshops would need to include activities designed to build the confidence of each learner, in their ability to make a successful transition into Higher Education.

The Delivery: October 2013

MADE was asked to work on-site with five secondary schools across the London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark and to deliver four additional days of workshops at the LSBU campus to mixed groups.

At the schools:

Each school had Studying MADE Simple for year 10 and Exams MADE Easy for year 12. Each school also had a staff twilight session to build on the impact and sustain the momentum of the student workshops. This twilight session was aimed at helping the teachers gain an understanding of the strategies that the students had learnt and to discuss how they could integrate those strategies into their classroom practice for the benefit of all learners.

At the LSBU campus ‘taster days’. Including campus tour and specialty subject taster sessions:

As part of LSBU’s ‘taster days’, MADE were asked to deliver our inspirational target and goal-setting workshop entitled ‘The Lighthouse’.  The focus was on breaking down the journey from Secondary to Higher Education, into manageable steps.

The Outcome

Of the 500+ students from across the 5 schools taking part: 98% enjoyed the workshops whilst 97% stated they would use the techniques learnt. (Feedback reports available upon request)

Sample Feedback

The student feedback forms were incredibly positive. Quotes from students include:

  • “The session equipped us with a number of realistic techniques”
  • “The session showed me that there are loads of ways to revise”
  • “I now feel confident that I can make revision fun and effective”

Bucks New University

The Client

Widening Participation

Bucks New University Schools and Colleges Liaison Team run events, talks, campus visits and workshops for learners, parents and carers to give a clear picture of university study.

  • The Brief

The Bucks New University Schools and Colleges Liaison Team wanted to:
• Develop the confidence of their ambassadors in delivering and taking part in outreach events and activities.
• Enable the ambassadors to communicate key messages and confidently build rapport with others.
• Upskill the ambassadors with presentation, facilitation and group-work strategies.
• Help the ambassadors adopt reflective mind-sets, enabling them to rapidly develop and become skilled facilitators.

The Delivery: October 2012 – February 2013

A bespoke three hour ‘coaching ambassadors’ workshop was designed and then delivered to student ambassadors at the main BNU campus in High Wycombe. The workshop consisted of 4 modules:

  1. Becoming an effective communicator
  2. Structuring a live event
  3. Managing behaviour
  4. Reflections

A follow-up workshop entitled ‘Inspiring HE’ was delivered to course leaders and university staff involved in outreach events to help them further develop their communication and facilitation skills,  helping them encourage targeted groups to progress to Higher Education.

The Outcome

58 University Ambassadors and Staff took part in the workshops with all delegates stating that they would be using the skills and techniques learnt, within their roles as ambassadors and tutors. (Feedback reports available on request)

Staff Feedback

“Eye opening and enjoyable. It helped me see things from all angles so I can better engage and help those we work with and employ”.

“Today has given me some focus on delivery techniques that I can use in my work, I had a great time and really enjoyed the session. Sander got the balance just right”.

“Brought academics together to focus on a common goal – just what was needed! Loved the Reflect – Consider – Adapt – Change – Apply model”.

Ambassador Feedback

“It was mind-blowing. I want to go away and test it out for myself”.

“The training has allowed me to become more aware of how I communicate with others; particularly in the context of the role as student ambassador and working with young people”.

“It gave me ways to work on confidence and apply it to everyday life. I am going to use the techniques in future situations when interacting with people”.

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