The University of Leicester is aiming to broaden the educational opportunities and aspirations of local school children by hosting its first ACE Day for schools in Leicestershire on 21 March.
ACE stands for 'Aiming for a College Education' and is intended to give Year Nine/Ten students, who have no family/community tradition of higher education, an insight into what University is all about.
The University has been running successful ACE Days for school children from Warwickshire for the past four years and students have been able to sample such attractions as the Planetarium in the Physics and Astronomy Department as well as discussing university life with current university students.
Originally a BP (British Petroleum) initiative, the ACE Day for Leicestershire schools will be run by Janet Graham, the University's Head of Admissions and Student Recruitment Office, in conjunction with the Students' Union and the Educational Development and Support Centre as part of the HEFCE project on Widening Participation to Higher Education.
Project Officer Herabans Kaur said: "Widening participation in Higher Education is a major focus of current government policy and we hope that the tradition of successful ACE Days will continue to boost the numbers who press on with their education and training. By investing in education, the fabric of society is strengthened and the economy is boosted through the creation of a better skilled workforce and a more educated population."
Visiting students from Beaumont Leys School, Moat Community College, Fullhurst Community College and Longslade Community College will be able to look forward to a full day's activities, which will include creating posters, departmental visits and a simulated mission to space in the state-of-the-art Challenger Learning Centre, which is part of the National Space Science Centre.*
For more information, please contact Miss Herabans Kaur on 0116 252 5349 or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Space Science Centre is co-founded by the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council.
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