50 regional school children attend UWE's 'Summer School'

Issue date: 17 June 2005

50 regional school children attend UWE’s ‘Summer School’

Over 50 student designates from local and regional secondary schools will come to the University of the West of England to experience a four day long ‘summer school’ aimed at giving them a real taster of university life. The students are all currently in Year 12 so the visit is a timely opportunity for them to discover more about what a university education offers.

Mark Winter from Bristol UWE’s Widening Participation Unit, said, “The summer school aims to bridge the gap between possible lack of parental experience of higher education and any fears or concerns the children might have. We know that children who come from backgrounds where their parents did not go to university are less likely to consider it an option and we want to show these students in particular that they should go for it.

“The school students will get the chance to mix with current UWE students and staff and attend a broad range of workshops. They will visit library resources, discuss finance and attend talks on careers in the hope that the insight gained will enable them to make a considered choice about what step to take next.”

All UWE’s Faculties have pulled out the stops to provide an interesting selection of workshops. These range from Graphic Design and Photography workshops at the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design to Scientific Detectives (Forensics) or Sports Biology run by the Faculty for Applied Sciences, to Slice Forms (Maths) with the Faculty of Education

The summer school runs for four days beginning on Monday 20 June and finishing on Thursday 23 June. At the end of the time at University the students will attend a graduation reception where group presentations will be given to bring together the experiences of the group.

Schools taking part include Brislington Enterprise College, City of Bristol College, Gloscat, John Cabot Technology College, Royal Forest of Dean College, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Weston College, Downend Comprehensive School, Filton High School, Gordano School and the SW Bristol Post 16 Centre.


Editors notes:

The Summer Schools programme is part of the Government’s Widening Participation initiative and was established in 2000. It aims to increase the number of young people who want to progress to university, particularly from under-represented social groups such as families with no history of participation in Higher Education. The UWE Year 12 Summer School aims to offer school children the chance to spend a few days at the university giving them a clearer understanding of what Higher Education involves.

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