Pupils enjoy taste of student life at Keele Unifest

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Posted on 25 July 2013

Pupils from around the region have enjoyed a taste of student life at an event organised by Keele University.

Around 100 young people from a 50-mile radius of Stoke-on-Trent attended the three-day Keele Unifest to take part in a mix of social and academic activities.

Keele academics ran master-classes, such as ‘How to Find a Dead Body’ and ‘Saturday Night Science’, covering subjects areas including maths, science, English and music.

Participants also enjoyed sports tournaments and other outdoor activities, including laser clay pigeon shooting and bridge building.

The learners all came from areas of low higher education participation and would be the first in the family to attend university.

Unifest project officer Ant Sutcliffe, of Keele’s Recruitment, Outreach and Access team, said: “We were delighted with the success of this year's Unifest residential.

“It was the first experience of higher education for many of the young people who came along. It's so important that students from these under-represented groups realise that there's plenty of support available should they want to apply to university in the future.

“What's more, we feel that they have left with their aspirations raised and with new skills, experiences and memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.”