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A summer school bio science lab session
A summer school bio science lab session

Press Release - 14 June 2007

Swindon school students give university a go

Pupils from Swindon will join over 100 young people from across the south-west for the chance to experience life at university, in two free week-long summer schools at the University of Bath.

Students from Nova Hreod Parkway School, Greendown Community School and Dorcan Technology College in Swindon will be on campus for the Year 11 summer school from 1 to 6 July. New College students will attend the Year 12 week for further education colleges, running from 8 to 13 July.

Their introduction to life as a university student will include academic ‘taster’ sessions and social activities including art and dance workshops, karaoke and sport.

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 being at university.

The young people will also get information and guidance on choosing courses, applying to higher education, support services, and student finances.

The academic taster sessions will include mini-lectures, group discussions and problem-solving tasks on subjects including psychology, sports studies, sociology, mechanical engineering, web design, biology and business.

Year 12 students will choose one of three strands to explore in more depth throughout their week from bio sciences, social sciences or sports studies.

Stephanie Gan, Widening Participation Officer at the University, said: “The summer schools give a real insight into university life for young people with no family experience of higher education.

“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 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’s Aimhigher programme designed to widen participation in education. They are part funded by the European Social Fund.

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

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