24 April 2019
One of the big advantages of being a pupil at one of the 15 schools that are part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust is the links to the University. There are many ways the connections work for pupils – their teachers get the benefits of training and mentoring support with a School of Education that is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and the pupils have opportunities to get a flavour of university life.
In April the School of Education at the University of Brighton hosted a visit by a group of 12- and 13-year olds from The Hastings Academy. Ruby, 13, describes how her day went:
“It was a great experience to explore the Falmer Campus. Each group got a tour of the campus which helped us see what it would be like if we ever came to the University. After the tour, we did a question challenge and were given a prospectus which showed the courses on offer.”
Every year students from both Trust Primary and Secondary schools are encouraged to visit the University as part of the Widening Participation programme run by the university in partnership with local schools. The scheme’s aim is to encourage students from a wide range of backgrounds to consider the possibility of going to university.
Younger visitors get to know Professor C Gull, the animated creation of University of Brighton alumni, author and illustrator, Chris Riddell OBE. As a former Children’s Laureate, Costa prize-winning author (for his series, Goth Girl ), and political cartoonist for The Economist and The Times, Chris is a strong example of where a (Brighton) university education can take you.
Professor C Gull is used in a number of ways to promote the University’s social and community work, raising awareness of higher education and its benefits.
Ruby concludes that her day has been productive and useful: “After lunch we did an engineering challenge. We made a bridge to see which one was the best. After that activity we were allowed to ask lots of questions. The literature we were given helped me understand a lot more about the courses. We had a great experience and the people who showed us around were great, the student ambassadors were super helpful.
“I hope to visit again, maybe next time as a university student!”