Opportunities for the Gifted and Talented at the University of Leicester
and talented children from Leicester converged on the University of
Leicester for a special Government-backed summer school that aimed to heighten
As part of a Department of Education and Skills funded project, the University of Leicester is working closely with Leicester City Council and a group of exceptional Year 6/9 students. The students visited the University of Leicester during the week August 4-9, 2002.
total of 30 11-14 year-olds from schools across the city were targeted for
the programme which involved them in building a PIG (Pipe
Inspection Gadget) in the Department of Engineering.
youngsters were identified as being within the top 5% of the whole cohort
year, with an ability to achieve and benefit from such an initiative. The
schools involved fall within the widening participation remit - schools the
University has worked with in order to increase progression rates into further
and higher education.
University's Widening Participation Project Leader, Herabans Kaur, said that the
of the project was to raise aspirations and to empower young people to make
informed decisions about their future.
Kaur said: “At the University of Leicester we recognise the need for increased
awareness of the benefits of education and are keen to continue working together
in order to ensure raised awareness and raised aspirations within the widening
participation target group.
gifted and talented students were involved in numerous activities during the
two week period. The visit to the Department of Engineering proved to be very
successful. It further consolidated the aim of the two week summer school - to raise awareness, engage interest and to
break down barriers to education.”
Spurgeon, Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Science, said: “We were delighted to
welcome students from six Leicester Primary Schools and
three Leicester Secondary schools on Friday, August 9.
“Many of the students
came from homes with no tradition of University
attendance and one of the main objectives of this day was to raise awareness of
the University of Leicester and show what it can offer to some of the City's
most gifted young people. All of Leicester's major ethnic groups were represented.
worked in teams to build a pipe inspection gadget
(PIG), and each PIG then competed in a competition later in the day to
determine the winning design.”
For more information, contact Professor Sarah Spurgeon on 0116 252 2531.
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