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Local teenagers are given taste of academic life at UCLan

01 August 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Schoolchildren graduate from inspirational university programme

Aspiring teenagers from the region were given cause for celebration after graduating from a motivational programme at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Year 10 high school pupils from schools in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston and Wigan donned their caps and gowns this week in front of their proud families and friends after completing the Junior University (JU) course at UCLan.

More than 175 youngsters signed up to this year’s popular programme which aims to give them a taste of academic life. They took part workshops in various subjects including forensic anthropology, games design, physics, nursing, languages, marketing, psychology, criminology and sociology and sport. The teenagers also took part a range of social activities and team building exercises, including an outdoor day at The Anderton centre Chorley.

“It’s been another great year for the JU. The students have been motivated and engaged from the very first session in January.”

The Junior University has just completed its fourth year at UCLan. It aims to broaden the horizons of the high achieving students who take part and raise their aspirations so that they may consider applying to university when the time comes. All the activities have taken part in the evenings and over weekends.

Louise Oldfield, co-ordinator of the JU team, said: “It’s been another great year for the JU. The students have been motivated and engaged from the very first session in January; they have got involved in every aspect of the programme and have really enjoyed seeing what’s available to them if they choose to go to university.”