'Youngest Ever' Pupils Experience University Life
as young as 10 recently experienced life at the University of Leicester - at the
request of their schools.
total of sixty children as well as their parents and teachers visited the
University on Wednesday, April 30, and were involved in tours, practical
sessions and advice talks.
initiative is part of the University's Widening Participation programme where
children from a variety of backgrounds experience University life, particularly
if they are the first generation in their families thinking of university.
participation leader Herabans Kaur said: "Opening doors to learning is a
key element of the University's mainstream activities and we have extended
opportunities for the first time to students as young as this.
were invited onto campus because we believe it is never too early to engage in
raising aspirations. This sentiment is echoed by the schools that these pupils
attend. The participating students were
identified by the schools as those most likely to benefit from such an input and
we hope that awareness raising will link to aspiration raising.
is also essential that we engage parents in the process of awareness raising. In
many families decisions about going to university is a family one, particularly
as parents may be required to support their offspring. It is therefore important
that advice is available to parents and that they can view the facilities on
offer to students."
junior schools participated in this first Mini ACE Day for the University of
Leicester - in total 60 Year 5
students from schools in the local community - Highfields Primary School,
Uplands Junior School, Shenton Primary School and Sparkenhoe Community Primary
Kaur added: "The University recognises the need for an holistic approach to
widening participation and also invited the parents of the participating
students to sample University life on the same day.
have facilitated the two events tailored to meet the specific needs of the two
groups. For example, the Parents
programme of events includes tours of accommodation, a talk on finances, as well
as the chance to chat informally with members of the Admissions Office and
current students. The Year 5 students, on
the other hand, will have a programme of interactive activities to engage and
retain their interest including poster
making activities, ice breaker sessions, tours of campus and a visit to the
Planetarium in the Physics and Astronomy Department.
schools and the University believe this will be a valuable and learning
experience for all those involved, helping to break down barriers and
misconceptions commonly associated with higher education.
For further information please contact Herabans Kaur on 0116 252 5349.
This document has been approved by the head of department or section.