University hosts all-action Uni4U experience day

Published: 26 March 2010 at 16:19

Hundreds of young people and their families set to attend interactive university taster day covering everything from space science to dance

On Saturday 24 April Anglia Ruskin University will be hosting ‘Uni4U – A taste of your local university’ at its Rivermead campus, Chelmsford.

This annual event provides hundreds of year 9 and 10 students from the Essex area with a taste of university life through a programme of interactive activities aimed at engaging the whole family.

On arrival, visitors will be greeted with the sight of the prototype Skybolt Rocket  – measuring a stunning 38ft and manned by a team of ‘Starchaser’ rocket scientists who are actively involved in an ongoing rocket and space programme.  The rocket is part of an educational campaign designed to ‘bring science to life.’

Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne, will introduce the taster day before a range of action-packed activities are rolled out across campus.

Budding young dancers will be invited to recreate Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller Dance whilst potential medics will have the chance to observe a simulated hip operation carried out by expert Operating Department Practitioners. The high-risk business of stock-market trading will be brought to life by the Business School, Anglia Ruskin’s cheerleading troupe The Sirens will perform routines for visitors and all who attend will have the chance to take their very own graduation photograph home with them.

In addition, parents will also have the opportunity to find out more about higher education and future career opportunities for their children through a series of talks and question and answer sessions.

Ian Ericson, Senior Widening Participation Officer at Anglia Ruskin said,

“The Uni4U day brings university one step closer to many young people who are just beginning to realise that they too can benefit from higher education courses.”

“The day will help to demonstrate the diversity of courses available and the varying entry requirements. It is all set up to help raise the aspirations and goals of young people considering their next move.”

"Families can come all together to witness the opportunities on offer to individuals through local universities such as Anglia Ruskin and find out which courses are of interest – and the interactive activities make it fun for everyone."

Anglia Ruskin University stages a wide range of activities and taster days, working in partnership with schools and colleges across Essex, Cambridge and Peterborough.