On Tuesday 23rd February, 49 Broadoak students visited Bristol University to find out more about the benefits of studying further education.
The day began with a presentation from Tom Prince, Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Officer at Bristol University. The students learnt more about the costs associated with university, something that can often be seen as a barrier for them. Tom clearly explained about the loans available which eased their minds – in their feedback the majority of students cited this as the most useful piece of information from the day. The students were also bemused to discover the range of societies and extra-curricular activities on offer, including a pancake society and a cheese society, alongside sports teams.
Student ambassadors spent time with the students before lunch, taking them on a tour of the campus. Students were particularly impressed with the classrooms in the Wills building, saying “it’s like Harry Potter!” The student ambassadors also allowed Broadoak students to ask questions about the reality of student life and their chosen courses. Over 90% of students agreed that they felt comfortable being able to ask questions during the day.
Despite the tour being full of hills and stairs, the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, commenting on how “cool” the university was. One popular spot with students was the University’s gym!
After lunch, Professor Lois from the Law school gave the students a taster of a law seminar, based on children’s rights and medical interventions. Students debated a range of real-life case studies, using their own opinions to justify the results. The Professor commented on how polite and engaging the students were.
From this visit, 92% of students agreed that it had “whet their appetite” for university study and now want to ensure that they achieve their very best in their GCSEs to get there.
Some of the feedback from the day included:
- “Student loans are not as bad as they sound.”
- “It’s a cool experience.”
- “You get lots of time doing your own thing and activities.”
- “There are plenty of opportunities for both curricular and extra-curricular activities.”
- “Opens up a lot of opportunities.”
- “I liked the facilities and would definitely consider visiting again at a later date.”
We are hoping to offer a similar event to interested students in KS3 in June 2016.