Gifted young people experience life on campus

Over 60 young people from target schools across the South West are being given the chance to experience life at the University of Bath, in a free week-long residential summer school taking place this week (23 -27 July).

The young people (aged 15-16) have all been identified by their school/college as academically gifted students.

Their introduction to life as a university student will include subject ‘taster’ sessions, information and guidance on applying to higher education, student finances and careers, access to the sports facilities and evening social activities.

The young people will stay in campus accommodation and spend time with University of Bath student ambassadors who will guide and support them during the week and answer their questions about being at university.

Stephanie Gan, Education Liaison Manager at the University, said: “The summer school gives a real insight into what life is like at a top university. By the end of the week the young people are in a much better position to make informed decisions about their future and they feel more confident about exploring the wide range of choices and opportunities available to them”.

The summer school is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation. In addition to being identified by their school/college as academically gifted, the attendees have also all been identified as meeting widening participation criteria.

This is a collaborative project with the University of Exeter and University of Bristol and part of a commitment made in the University’s Access Agreement with OFFA. The Universities of Exeter and Bristol are also hosting similar summer schools this July.

This year’s summer schools are fully subscribed but for more information please contact Stephanie Gan on 01225 383554, email s.a.gan@bath.ac.uk

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