Children from secondary schools in Devon and Cornwall got a flavour of student life at the University of St Mark & St John when they attended ‘Aim High!’ on 22 April.
The event, organised by the University’s Widening Participation and Outreach Officer, Dr Roger Pitt, gave students from three schools a taster of a typical day as an undergraduate student.
Over 50 children in school Years 7 and 8 from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Tor Bridge High and Sir James Smith’s Community School took part in a range of interactive activities with their teachers.
The day’s activities included a mini-lecture in the University’s Desmond Tutu Theatre delivered by the University’s sport and exercise science expert, Ben Jane. There was also a drama workshop led by students on the BA Hons Acting programme, ‘A day in the life storyboard’ session, a mini-course fair as well as a campus tour, treasure hunts and an introduction the University clubs and societies.
Dr Pitt said: “Aim High! was a great way of introducing Year 7 and Year 8 students to the sorts of Higher Education opportunities that are available to them beyond school or college, in a way that is fun, stimulating and engaging. Above all, we wanted the experience to be as authentic as possible, allowing the students to feel very much part of our University community and hopefully taking away with them a valuable sense of how inspiring and transformational going on to Higher Education can be’.
To find out more about the University’s Widening Participation programme, please log on to our Outreach webpage.
To visit an Open Day at the University, register here.
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