Taster of University life for Dudley pupils

The Year 10 and 11 pupils will be visiting the Wolverhampton City campus as part of an ‘Aspiration Day’ organised jointly by the University and Aimhigher Dudley.

The event will take place over two days on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 2011. The pupils will be given a tour of the campus, a chance to interview current University students and an interactive workshop Business, Computing and Web design.

Liz Saunders, Aimhigher Co-ordinator for Dudley, said: “The overwhelming response Aimhigher has enjoyed from Dudley schools wanting to be involved with this event highlights the excellent delivery on the part of the staff and students at the University of Wolverhampton. This wonderful opportunity shows young people exactly how aiming higher can help them achieve their goals and is a great opportunity to explore the wide ranging academic and social offers available.”

Melanie Brown, Partnership Officer for Schools and Colleges Liaison at the University, said: “The Aspiration Days are a brilliant chance for pupils to experience university for themselves and decide if it will be an option for their future.”

This is the fifth year of collaboration as part of Aimhigher, a national government programme to raise the aspirations of young people who are capable of attending university but may not have considered it as a real option.

As a result of a similar event held last year, many of the pupils are now considering university as a real option. The activities held on the day are designed to help show them what they can achieve by continuing in education.

Schools and Colleges Liaison at the University of Wolverhampton work with local schools and colleges to inform students about the pathways and benefits of going to university, through visits to the university and workshops on courses, UCAS and student finance.

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