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More than 100 pupils from the South West have been invited to attend the summer schools
More than 100 pupils from the South West have been invited to attend the summer schools

Press Release - 01 July 2008

Local pupils offered taster of university life on campus

More than 100 pupils from the South West have been invited to one of two free, week-long summer schools aimed at introducing them to student life and higher education at the University of Bath from 15-24 July 2008.

The residential courses will introduce pupils to life as a student and include academic taster sessions and social activities including music and dance workshops, karaoke and sport.

The first summer school, aimed at year 11 pupils who have just finished their GCSE exams, runs from 15-18 July and includes 60 local pupils from St Mark's School and Hayesfield School Technology College, both in Bath, and The Clarendon College in Trowbridge.

The taster sessions for year 11 pupils will include mini-lectures, group discussions and problem solving tasks on various subjects including psychology, sports studies, sociology, mechanical engineering and biology.

The year 12 summer school, aimed at young people currently studying in further education colleges, runs from 21-24 July and has been offered to 55 pupils, including pupils from Wiltshire College in Trowbridge and the City of Bath College.

The college students will be offered one of three subjects to explore for the duration of their stay, biological sciences, social sciences or sports studies.

All pupils will also be offered information and advice on choosing courses, applying to higher education, support services and student finances.

They will stay in student accommodation and spend time with undergraduate student ‘helpers’ who will guide and support them during the week and answer their questions about university life.

Stephanie Gan, Widening Participation Officer at the University, said: “By the end of the week, students are in a much better position to decide whether university is for them and they feel more confident about exploring the wide range of choices and opportunities that are open to them.

“They will meet current students from similar backgrounds and can see that the opportunities offered by higher education are accessible to them too.”

The summer schools are part of the University of Bath’s Outreach programme, and are funded through Aimhigher. This programme is designed to promote higher education and to provide opportunities to everyone who can benefit from it.

This year’s summer schools are fully subscribed, but for more information on any of the University’s widening participation activities, contact Stephanie Gan on 01225 383554, or see the related links above.

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