First Steps to University Roadshow


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Posted on 28 October 2013
Giving young children a taste of university life builds their confidence and helps them and their families to understand the range of learning opportunities that exist in higher education.

An event designed to help encourage the aspirations of children in the Midlands has been co-organised by Keele University.

The ‘First Steps to University Roadshow’, taking place between November 5-8, will see academic staff members and current students from the University delivering fun-filled activities around STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.

The roadshow is aimed at Year 5 students at eight primary schools in the North West Midlands region, and is part of the wider ‘Primary to Higher Education Scheme 2013’.

Keele University has organised the event alongside three other Higher Education Institutions – Harper Adams University in Shropshire, Wolverhampton University, and Staffordshire University.

The scheme intends to make a difference to young people as they begin to make choices about their futures when they grow up, and is built on the previous work of ‘Aimhigher’.

The eight primary schools involved are: Burnwood Community Primary, Flash Ley Community Primary, Harpfield Primary Academy, Hempstalls Primary, St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Wrockwardine Wood Junior, Windmill Primary, and The Woodlands Primary.

The Roadshow, to be held at Harper Adams University, is the first of a series of events taking place. The next event scheduled is a summer school for Year 6 children, at Keele Hempstalls Primary.

Speaking about the event, Lucy King, Head of Recruitment, Outreach and Access at Keele University, said, “Giving young children a taste of university life builds their confidence and helps them and their families to understand the range of learning opportunities that exist in higher education.

“Participation in these events is intended to raise children’s aspirations and encourage a desire to work hard and achieve good results while they are at school.

“Many young pupils are not sure what a university is and this scheme will let them have a fantastic learning experience and a real taste of what goes on.”

For more information, contact Natalie Lane, Programme Delivery Manager at Keele University, on n.f.lane@keele.ac.uk


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