Published: 16 June 2006 at 14:24
Anglia Ruskin University is welcoming around 300 pupils to its Cambridge and Chelmsford campus locations over the next few months as the university embarks on the most ambitious programme of summer schools it has ever organised.
The 11 separate summer schools, being run over a 4 month period, will see students from Years 10 to 12 find out more about the higher education opportunities available to them within the region. The pupils, who are aged between 15 and 17 year olds, will spend a number of days on campus enjoying the student experience while they complete various ‘taster’ learning sessions and research-based activities.
The first of the summer schools, for Year 10 students, has just been concluded. It was based on a research activity which focused on geography, sociology and food technology. The programme, devised by Claire Furtado (a PhD research student at the University’s Ashcroft International Business School), enabled the students use multi-media equipment to capture some aspects of their research and also present the findings of their work.
Ian Ericson is one of the team delivering the learning experience for the young people. He said:
Anglia Ruskin has been running a summer schools programme since 2002. It was implemented as a result of one of the Government’s widening participation initiatives, established in 2000. The programme is part of a regional project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the European Social Fund (ESF). It aims to widen participation in higher education by young people in under-represented social groups from low-income backgrounds, especially those with no family history of participation in HE through raising their aspirations.