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Junior University taster gives teenagers appetite for education

02 August 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Burnley schoolchildren graduate from inspirational UCLan programme

Pic: The Burnley based graduates celebrating their graduation from the UCLan Junior University.  

Aspiring Burnley teenagers are celebrating after graduating from a motivational programme at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The Year 10 high school pupils donned their caps and gowns this week in front of their proud families and friends after completing the six month Junior University (JU) course at UCLan.

More than 125 youngsters signed up to this year’s popular programme. They enjoyed a taste of the academic world with workshops in various subjects including forensic anthropology, games design, physics (robotics), policing, nursing, languages, education, tourism and events management, criminology and sociology, marketing and sport. The teenagers also took part a range of social activities and team building exercises, including a command day at Fulwood Barracks, in Preston.

“The students have been motivated and engaged from the very first session in February and have got involved in every aspect of the programme and have really enjoyed seeing what’s available if they choose to go to university.”

The East Lancashire schools which took part were: West Craven High Technology College, Colne Park High School, Colne Primet High School, Ss John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Humanities College, Pendle Vale College, Shuttleworth College, Marsden Heights Community College, Blessed Trinity RC College, Sir John Thursby Community College and Unity College Burnley.

JU is in its third year at UCLan. It aims to raise the aspirations, and broaden the knowledge, of high achieving students in the local area and motivates them to consider applying to study at university when the time comes. All the activities have taken part in the evenings and over weekends.

Louise Oldfield, a co-ordinator of the UCLan 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 February and have got involved in every aspect of the programme and have really enjoyed seeing what’s available if they choose to go to university.”