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A weekend in the life of a university student

A weekend in the life of a university student

United Learning Students Experience University Life

Last weekend, over 30 United Learning students from across the Group had a chance to experience university life.

The students from Sheffield Park Academy, Walthamstow Academy, Glenmoor and Winton Academies, The Hurlingham Academy, Accrington Academy, Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Midhurst Rother College were chosen from nearly 100 applicants to participate in the programme which sought to encourage students to progress onto Higher Education.

Throughout the academic year, the students have been tuning into Higher Education lectures on a wide range of subjects including forensics, architecture and classical music.  The programme culminated in a residential weekend at Birmingham University.

During the weekend, the students enjoyed a full university experience.  As well as a tour of the university and city, the students attended lectures on public health and physics delivered by university professors.  They also gave presentations to Birmingham University students on a diverse range of subjects that interested them such as feminism, the history of cars and the psychology of stress management.

The students spent the weekend living and eating in the halls of residence and speaking to university students about university life.  The weekend’s activities included a quiz and a Bhangra dancing workshop!

The students thoroughly enjoyed the weekend with some asking to spend an extra night at the university!

The aim of the weekend was to give students a real insight into university life and give them hands-on experience of being a university student.  When asked if the weekend had changed their view of university, Wali from Walthamstow Academy said:

“I thought this university wasn't going to be really big but… it's gigantic!  I can't believe how big it is.  A one subject building is as big as a school.  I am really amazed by this.”

Another Walthamstow Academy student, Amjad said:

“The weekend helped me understand that there are so many opportunities that are available in universities and how diverse the communities are in a university.”

Cassidy from Glenmoor Academy said:

“Before the residential I was not sure whether university was for me but I am now 100% sure it's what I want to do.”

Fiona Lunskey, Director for More Able Students at Midhurst Rother College, said:

“I thought the residential was a great experience for all involved due to an excellent programme of activities, skilled and friendly ambassadors, a lively city and lovely accommodation.  It was also a great opportunity for students to mix with their peers from across the country.  I really hope this type of trip can be repeated next year!  I’m sure those involved are motivated to aim high for the future!”

Martina Montecchiarini said:

“United Learning is committed to providing opportunities for our students that encourage them to aim high and lead successful lives.  The weekend was attended by a wonderful group of students who embraced the opportunity on offer and will be inspired to go on to achieve great things.”

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