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Our Learning and Outreach Team Gets The Gold at HEIST Awards

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Held in Manchester on Thursday 13 July, the HEIST Awards celebrates everything student recruitment, engagement, marketing and communications for universities and colleges around the world.

A collaboration between Attenborough Arts Centre Learning team’s flagship SENsory Atelier programme, the University of Leicester’s Outreach team and the School of Chemistry, Atelier Labs won a Gold Award for the ‘Best Widening Participation Initiative’ category.

This initiative celebrated the collaboration between artists, chemists, teachers and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to explore the world and develop their learning through the combination of chemistry and art. The aim of the project was to introduce young people aged 8-15 in a formal SEND setting to Chemistry concepts and it received a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

When speaking about the project, HEIST judges said: 

“Thank you for delivering a fantastic and inspiring example of collaboration that leaves a legacy for the future.” 

Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer Angelina Bingley said: 

“This was a great collaboration between Attenborough Arts Centre Learning Team’s flagship SENsory Atelier programme, our Outreach Team and the School of Chemistry. Fantastic work everyone and you should be very proud!” 

Bob Christer, SENsory Atelier Programme Manager said: 

“We’re delighted to see this project recognised by the sector, and to celebrate the bold collaborative work we’re leading with teachers, artists and young people attending SEND school settings.” 

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