From 5th to 8th July, 53 students from 19 United Learning schools across the country participated in the United Learning Summer School, held at Loughborough University.
The Year 12 Summer School, which was sponsored by the United Learning Partnership Fund, focused on giving interested students an insight into what it is like to study the Social Sciences – Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and Media – at undergraduate level.
Throughout the four-day residential, the students lived in fully catered university halls and attended lectures by Loughborough academics. The lectures included topics such as “Sociological Imagination and Crimes of the Powerful”, “The Power of the Media”, “What is a Nation?” and “Prosocial Behaviour in Everyday Situations”. The students also attended information sessions on the UCAS process and university finance.
There were also lots of social activities on campus, all led by current undergraduate students at the University. These included a quiz at the Students’ Union, BBQ, sports day and a Campus Trail.
The Summer School concluded on Friday 8th with students’ group work presentations, followed by an award ceremony, lunch and goodbyes. The students were happy to get a truly unique university experience and almost all participants reported feeling much better informed about what university life will actually be like.
Priyanka Gurung, student at Swindon Academy, said: “I enjoyed my experience at Loughborough University as it was an opportunity to meet new people from across the country, attend lectures and also have the chance to live at campus.”
Elvira Matei, student at Northampton Academy, said: “After coming to the residential, I think I’d like to come to Loughborough University.”