Hampshire, Dorset & Isle of Wight Speak Out Challenge 

We have partnered with Southern Universities Network for a number of years to deliver 20 workshops to selected schools across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.  

The Southern Universities Network (SUN) is a collaborative partnership comprising universities, local authorities, colleges and schools in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The SUN provides higher education activities to selected schools and colleges as part of the Uni Connect Programme.


We aim to provide up to 600 Year 10 students with training to boost their confidence, build their skill set and increase their self-esteem. During the academic year, a SUN school will receive a free, one-day, expert-led workshop in public speaking and communication skills.  


“Seeing students that were very nervous about speaking in front of others get to the point where they can deliver a considered and engaging presentation is a brilliant achievement.” 

– Teacher, The Bishop of Winchester Academy, March 2023 


So far in the academic year 2023-24, students’ confidence increased by 92%, based on measuring their levels of confidence before and after the workshop.