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Cosmos Engagement Programmes & Workshops

The Southern Universities Network have partnered with Cosmos Engagement to deliver innovative and highly engaging educational programmes and workshops for young people.

Delivered by trained SUN staff, these inspiring sessions will help a young person improve their skills, confidence and resilience as well as raise their aspiration for education and future careers.

Check out our programmes and workshops available below.

HOW ARE THEY DELIVERED?

All of the Cosmos Programmes are delivered in-person. For the Cosmos Workshops we have a flexible hybrid offer and we are able to deliver either in-person or virtually.

If you choose a virtual session, we can deliver (live-stream) to the front of a class (one screen), or to the front of a class in multiple classrooms.

PROGRAMMES

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This programme is based on the concept of Marginal Gains, whereby an individual makes small improvements in a number of areas of their education and life, in order to achieve an overall goal. The programme consists of three workshops, enabling students to understand how to apply the theory of Marginal Gains to their lives.

Although each workshop could be delivered as a stand-alone, there is a clear journey for students to progress through, which makes this a sustained and more impactful programme.

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
Male, female, mixed
Maximum 20 students
1, 3, 8
Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World
Can be delivered as 3 x 1 hour sessions or 3 x 2 hour sessions

In the Enterprise Team Challenge, students are provided a business brief to complete by working together as a team within an allocated timeframe. The programme focuses on the health sector and challenges students to develop an app that can support people to improve their health.

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 4, 5
Relationships, Living in the Wider World
Can be delivered as a half or full-day activity

In this programme, students are equipped with the skills required to be an effective mentor and ‘supportive person’ for their peers. This includes developing a strong understanding of what is required to become a successful mentor and how they can apply these skills to begin forging positive mentor / mentee relationships.

The Mentoring & Supporting Others programme can be facilitated as a one-off mentoring training session or as part of a wider more sustainable and impactful mentoring programme.    

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
20-30 students
1, 3, 4, 5
Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World
Delivered as 3 x 1 hour session


WORKSHOPS

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This workshop aims to increase students’ understanding of how our memory works and how to optimise its performance. The session also looks at ways to improve focus and to better manage distractions.   

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3
Health & wellbeing, Living in the Wider World

This workshop aims to build students’ understanding of the decision-making process, particularly in relation to the ‘next steps’ they will take in their educational and life journey. The purpose of the session is to ensure students feel confident in making effective, informed decisions when they need to, whilst also being able to identify why it can sometimes be difficult to make decisions.    

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 7
Health & wellbeing, Living in the Wider World

In this workshop, students will develop the skills and tools needed to identify and utilise their own strategies for effective studying. Students will also develop an understanding of the importance of organisation and the role it plays in being able to study effectively.  

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 5
Health & wellbeing, Living in the Wider World

In this workshop, students explore the importance of being able to manage their time, whilst developing tools and strategies to better manage their time in education, careers and life. Students have the opportunity to review how they currently spend their time and identify where they could use it more effectively.   

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 5
Health & wellbeing, Living in the Wider World

This workshop explores what first impressions are and the important, often subconscious role they play. Within the session, students will begin to understand the different types of first impressions we make and what we can do to ensure we leave a positive lasting impression on the people we meet.

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 5, 8
Relationships, Living in the Wider World

This workshop introduces students to what confidence and resilience are and offers practical suggestions on how to build and maintain both. It’s an interactive workshop that aims to engage students through participation, whilst helping them to understand the role confidence and resilience play in the real world.

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Suitable for (Years 9-13)
1 class (up to 30 students)
1, 3, 5,
Health and Wellbeing


If you have any questions about any of the programmes or workshops, please email sun@soton.ac.uk