Family fun day at Anglia Ruskin aims to 'demystify' university

Published: 27 June 2007 at 14:17

Anglia Ruskin University is welcoming school pupils from around Essex to its Rivermead Campus in Chelmsford to find out more about life at one of the largest Universities in the UK.

The fun day, on 7 July, is aimed at pupils and members of their families. It will give students from Years 10 and 11 the chance to discover more about the higher education opportunities available to them within the region. Aged between 15 and 17 years, the students will spend time on campus participating in various interactive ‘taster’ sessions, workshops and some introductory lectures. 

The day, funded by Aimhigher, will include a campus tour and offer those attending the opportunity to meet real students and staff in a fun and informal atmosphere which is why parents and younger siblings are welcome at the event.

Students from schools from Basildon, Braintree, Castle Point, Canvey Island, Central Essex, Southend, Thurrock and West Essex have all signed up to attend the event.

Senior Widening Participation Officer, Ian Ericson, is one of the team welcoming the young people on campus. He said:

“This event is open to students and their families who want to take a look at university life. It might be that the student will be the first from the family to consider taking the step into higher education.”

“What we are doing is trying to break down any barriers that exist and demystify university for those who perhaps who know very little about it.”

“While we have the pupils on campus we get them to explore the different approaches to learning and hopefully they go away thinking about what they want to do in the future.”

“This type of activity can be just what the pupils need to encourage them to make the step change from school or college to university.”

“We are a friendly, supportive and accessible University that continually strives for excellence in everything we do – and this includes making the most of our recruitment activities and Aimhigher widening participation programmes.”

The schools taking part in the day include Burnt Mills School, Harlow; Passmores School, Harlow; Debden Park High School, Loughton; West Hatch High School, Woodford Green; Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh; St Marks R C school, Toot Hall; St Peters High School, Burnham-on-Crouch; Roding Valley High school, Chigwell; Mark Hall School, Harlow; and Brays Grove Community College, Harlow.

For more information on the event, which runs from 10am – 3pm, please contact Jenny Webster or Tina Giblin Anglia Ruskin University on 0845 271 3333.