The RAU is pleased to present a programme of events for 2017. From opera and music, to cinema and historical banquets, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Local students discover a world of possibilities
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester has helped students at Commonweal Sixth Form in Swindon explore the possibility of higher education, by running workshops to inspire and educate about pathways to higher education.
The RAU has teamed up with education specialists, Applied Inspiration, to provide students with access to, and information about, higher education pathways and opportunities.
A team of education officers and current RAU students shared their own education stories and pathways to university with a group of year 12 and 13 students at Commonweal Sixth, as part of the two-month mentorship programme.
Activities focused on improving public speaking skills, raising students’ self-awareness and self-reflection skills to better understand and articulate their motivations and aspirations, as well as exploring university courses and the application process.
Emmie Coe, year 12 student at Commonweal Sixth, said: “It has been an enjoyable experience as I have been given a deeper insight into the process of applying for university, life inside university, and which ones are best suited to me. I also felt that I could get on well with the team and could ask the questions needed. I will deeply miss not having these sessions when they finish.”
Assistant Head / Head of Sixth Form, James Matcham, said: “It has been a really valuable opportunity for our students to develop a better understanding of their options and their own strengths through working with a really positive and inspirational team of advisors.”
The activities are part of a local schools’ partnership initiative, being delivered across the region by the Royal Agricultural University in partnership with Applied Inspiration. 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.