Taste of University Life

(Wales and English border areas)

This project provides an opportunity for pupils in Years 8-13 to visit campus and get to learn about university life. It is available for all schools but with priority given to those schools with a high proportion of pupils from Community First areas. Pupils undertake workshops within university departments designed to provide ‘hands-on’ experience tailored to their age group, sample the food in one of the university restaurants and meet undergraduates from various departments. A variety of additional presentations on student finance, why go to university etc. can also be incorporated.

Visits may be hosted by the Centre or Schools & Colleges Liaison (particulary Year 12 pupils).

Quotes from visitors

"The talk on 'Why go to University' was very good; it has changed my mind on what University is about.  Before I thought it was just for really clever people who got all A*s at GCSE;  now I understand that as long as you have enough of the correct grades for your chosen course you can apply for it also.  It was a really good trip.  I enjoyed it greatly, and from what my friends said, I believe they did too."  - student, aged 14 

"The pupils really enjoyed the visit and got a lot out of it.  The feedback from schools has been amazing, the children have been saying that it was the best week of their lives and they are all coming to Aber to study now.  On a personal level I have always enjoyed our trips to Aberystwyth and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your commitment to making things run so smoothly and ensuring that the pupils achieve as much as they do.  It has been a pleasure to work with you." - Jenni Rankin Mills, Aim Higher, Halton

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