Gifted young people experience life on campus

Wed Jul 23 13:58:00 BST 2014

Over 70 young people from all over the country took part in our 3-day residential UniTaster on campus from 14 – 16 July.

The students (age 16 -17 years) were all identified by their school or college as being academically gifted and likely to progress to a top university.

The event helped to prepare students for life at a top university. During the UniTaster, students attended academic workshops from a range of disciplines, took part in skills sessions (such as team building, presentation skills and problem solving) and received inside information, advice and guidance about applying to a top university.

The young people stayed in campus accommodation and spent time with University of Bath student ambassadors who supported them during the week and answered any questions about life at university.

Stephanie Gan, Higher Education Information, Advice & Guidance Manager at the University, said: "Our UniTaster provided academically gifted young people with an excellent opportunity to experience life at a top university. Throughout the event, we showcased our fantastic university campus and its facilities, as well as offering a range of academic workshops from across the University. 

"We helped the young people prepare for university life and worked with them to develop skills. By the end of the UniTaster, the young people were in a much better position to make informed decisions about their future university studies".

Event feedback has been extremely positive. One of the UniTaster attendees said, "I had a brilliant time! It was incredibly well organised and it has given me a real insight into uni life as well as making me want to apply and study at Bath University even more!" 

Post event evaluation showed that as a result of attending the UniTaster, 95% of the student attendees felt confident in their ability to study at the University of Bath, and 97% said that they were now confident to make a successful application to university.

For more information please contact Stephanie Gan, Higher Education Advice Team (HEAT) on 01225 383554 or