Discovery Project 2018/19

Project Description

Living with Autism

The Discovery programme helps young people with an Autism Spectrum Condition prepare for, and transition to, university.

There are four elements to the programme:

  • Discovery Visit Day: an open day specifically tailored to the needs of young people on the spectrum.
  • The Discovery Project: a fortnightly mentoring project offering the opportunity to learn more about university life from social, academic and practical perspectives. Activities allow acclimatisation to the university environment, along with the opportunity to meet new people and develop skills that are essential for university life.
  • Discovery Summer School: a two day, one night summer school which takes place in July. The programme is designed to provide an insight into both the academic and social aspects of university life, and help students with Autism Spectrum Conditions to make an informed decision about their future.
  • Individual Pathway Planning: we offer all students on the Discovery Programme the opportunity to meet with staff to discuss future goals and aspirations. We provide tailored information, advice and guidance to help young people on the programme transition to university.

Students who have benefited from the Discovery Programme are automatically invited to become a member of the Step Up to University programme.

Over 200 students, parents/guardians and teachers engage with the Discovery Programme each year.

Find out more: Helena Fern


Past Events


Discovery Project 2018/19 – 4

27 November 2018


Discovery Visit Day

22 January 2019


Discovery Project 2018/19 – 6

05 February 2019


Discovery Project 2018/19 – 7

19 February 2019



Discovery Project Flyer 2018-19