School students get a taste of undergraduate life

83 Year 11 pupils from across the region will take part in a residential Summer School at the University of Sheffield aimed at giving them a taste of university life and what lies ahead after graduation. The pupils from eight local LEAs will begin their one-week course on Monday 7 July.

Over the five days the pupils will participate in Science/Engineering or Social Science/Humanities programmes. Tours and tasters of the relevant university departments are on the agenda, as well as talks on presentation and planning skills. A full programme of recreational activities, including bowling, a disco, and a barbeque at Halifax Hall of Residence is also lined up for the evenings.

Also included in the programme is a visit to local employers of university graduates, where pupils will be able to find out more about the companies and the work they are involved in and the role of graduates within the organisation. They will prepare a presentation to inform the other members of the group about the organisation that they visited that day.

Ruth Baldwin, Widening Participation Project Officer, said: This is a fantastic way for students to get a real idea of what university is like and the benefits it can bring. We hope it will encourage them to choose higher education when the time comes.

Notes for Editors: Employers taking part in the scheme: HSBC, ASDA, Cadburys Trebor Bassett, Sheffield Museums and Galleries Trust

Please contact Jeanette Newcombe on 0114 2221032 or email mediateam@sheffield.ac.uk.