School students take over the University of Sheffield

School pupils attending a Summer School at the University of SheffieldOver 300 local students experienced university life at our residential summer schools.  Could your students be amongst them next year?

Summer is always a special time at the University of Sheffield, as we welcome our students and their families to graduation. In July 2014, our Outreach staff had even more reason to celebrate as we hosted over 300 school students at our residential summer schools.

The students from Years 10, 11 and 12 lived in our student villages for up to 3 nights, with staff and student ambassadors.  They learnt about student life through participating in evening social activities, such as ten-pin bowling and karaoke.  Students also took part in team-building exercises before delving into the subject of their choice through lectures and seminars from PhD students and academic staff.  The students and staff leading sessions were from various faculties including Arts and Humanities, Medicine, Dentistry and Health and Social Sciences.  Examples of sessions included an anatomy master class, the history and language of war propaganda, an enterprise master class and studying the economics of sport.  All activities were provided free of charge.

Pupils attending a Summer School at the University of SheffieldStudents were selected to take part as a result of applying to our widening participation programmes, which aim to build skills, confidence and raise the aspirations of students from backgrounds which are under-represented in Higher Education.

A new group of Year 12 students will be able to take advantage of the summer school experience as well as a wealth of other exciting and useful activities.

To find out more about how your students can apply please see our current outreach programmes in secondary schools.

This month, application packs for our post-16 outreach programmes will be sent out to schools and colleges.  Recruiting programmes are ADOPT (Dentistry), Discover Arts and Humanities, Discover Social Sciences, Discover STEM, Discover Law and SOAMS (Medicine).

For further information about pre-16 activities, please click here for our contacts list.