On Wednesday the 27th March 50 students from Year 10 and 11 Elevate visited the University Of Plymouth for the day. The purpose of the visit was to raise aspirations, by inspiring more students to consider University and higher education. Students were put into groups, assigned campus tour guides and had a comprehensive tour of the University, as well as attending information sessions covering University life. Students were also treated to an interactive lecture in either Geology or Design Technology.

Some students had already set their sights on University and had come along to see University life at first hand, but for most it was an opportunity to look at post 18 options and the implications of progressing into higher education. Comments from students who attended included “I had a brilliant day. I was surprised how many people there were and how friendly everyone was. The boat race activity was tons of fun especially as it was a time pressured race and the ambassadors were really passionate. I was thinking about University but thought I wouldn’t be able to go, this trip has proved to me that I can get a place at Uni, this has been a really valuable experience.”

Another said “I really enjoyed hearing about the cool things you can do at Uni. The tour showed me how different university was to what I thought it would be like. It made me really want to go to Uni and the information on student life showed me it was achievable and more importantly I can afford it.”

Pictured are some of the students working in teams on the boat race challenge and students receiving talks in a typical lecture hall.