The RAU has helped students in Swindon explore the possibility of higher education, by running workshops to inspire and educate about pathways to higher education.
Kingsdown students get a taste of university life
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been working with local students in Swindon to inspire and educate them about higher education.
Year 9 students at Kingsdown School spent two in-class sessions working with RAU student ambassadors to identify their own future goals and understand what university life entails, before they visited the University campus last week (27 April) and put their knowledge to the test.
During their visit, Kingsdown students took part in the ‘University Challenge’, which modelled the style of learning students should expect from university, and tasked them with designing their own university and pitching their idea to the cohort. They were also given a guided tour of the University campus by the current RAU students, giving them the chance to ask questions and dispel some of the common myths surrounding higher education.
The RAU has teamed up with education specialists, Applied Inspiration (AI), to provide students with access to, and information about, higher education pathways and opportunities, and is pleased to work with Kingsdown School to raise the aspirations of their bright young students.
Bridget Stockford, Careers Manager at Kingsdown School, said: “The Royal Agricultural University and Applied Inspiration have been working with a group of year 9 students, looking at raising aspirations and future pathways. The students have all thoroughly enjoyed this experience and especially their visit to the University in Cirencester. They rounded off their sessions by designing their own University and presenting to their peers – a daunting task that they accomplished with flair and imagination!”
The activities are part of a local schools’ partnership initiative, being delivered across the region by the RAU in partnership with AI. This partnership programme is focused on building effective relationships between schools and the University, which aim to raise and promote aspiration, awareness, achievement, affordability, and access to higher education for all our local young people.