Students at the University of Reading who take part in the successful Students in Schools scheme will benefit from free travel in a new partnership arrangement with Reading Buses.
From 16 January all eligible students taking part in the scheme will be offered two free day tickets and provided with specific route and journey information by Reading Buses to help them with visits to their allocated school.
Gemma Redson, business development manager at Reading Buses, says: “We are very happy to be able to support this fantastic cause as well as show students, many of whom are new to the area, just how comprehensive our network is and how easy the app makes it to travel around Reading.
“As students will be making often new or unfamiliar journeys to their allocated school, this is a great way to encourage travel on public transport and make the scheme accessible to as many students as possible.
“Once training has been completed and students have been allocated to a school, they will receive their free tickets via the mobile app where they will also be able to plan their journey, track their bus and see live departure information.”
The Students in Schools scheme is a long-standing and successful project in which university student volunteers work alongside teachers in local schools.
The aims of the scheme are to raise the schoolchildren’s awareness of higher education, their aspirations and attainment levels.
Last year 400 students volunteered across 45 local schools where they gave over 6,500hr of their time. They supported most subjects on the curriculum and many overseas students were able to offer invaluable one-to-one language support to children with little or no English.
It is a mutually beneficial programme for everyone involved. Teachers benefit from the extra pair of hands in the classroom, schoolchildren benefit from the extra support and University of Reading students gain valuable experience and highly transferable skills.
Judy MacDevitt, the Students in Schools coordinator at the University of Reading, says: “Our students have limited free time as well as very tight budgets which makes it hard for them to get to many of the schools wanting our support.
“We are delighted that Reading Buses will be giving our students free tickets and helping to provide them with tailored travel information for their school. This will be of great help to our students and means we will be able to increase our outreach to more of Reading’s schools.”