48 Furness students are Aiming4Uni!
From 10 - 12 August 48 pupils from schools in Furness are attending an exciting summer school at Lancaster University, where the 14 and 15 year olds are finding out what it’s like to be a university student. Their parents get to join in too with 90 parents coming along during the week to find out what their child has been doing and see for themselves what university is like.
The summer school is part of a year-long programme called Aiming4Uni in Furness 2005, which is a partnership of Aimhigher Cumbria, Barrow Excellence Cluster Partnership, Furness 14 – 19 Pathfinder Group, Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire. The summer school is co-ordinated by Lancaster University’s Department of Continuing Education as part of their programme of widening participation work with schools.
Lancaster University’s Summer School Co-ordinator Jude Towers says, “The programme aims to encourage bright pupils who might think Higher Education is not for them. We want to give these pupils a taste of university and student life so they will consider this as an option that is open to them in the future. The packed programme includes academic subjects such as music, psychology and sociology, as well as sessions on student finance, sports and team work. There will also be plenty of opportunities for pupils to talk to current Lancaster University students about life at one of the UK’s top universities.”
The schools taking part in the year long Aiming4Uni in Furness Programme 2005 are Alfred Barrow, St Bernards, Ulverston Victoria, Millom, Walney, Dowdales, Thorncliffe and Parkview.
For details of the Furness Summer School contact Nadine Baxter-Smallwood at Aimhigher Cumbria on 01229 828377.