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University taster gives youngsters educational appetite

25 July 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Preston schoolchildren graduate from motivational University programme

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

 

Aspiring Preston 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 astrophysics, games design, physics (robotics), policing, nursing, languages, education, marketing and sport. The teenagers also took part in a range of social activities and team building exercises, including a command day at Fulwood Barracks.

"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 Preston schools which took part were: Ashton Community Science College, Broughton Business and Enterprise College, Fulwood Academy, Moor Park Business and Enterprise School, St Cecilia’s R.C. High School, Longridge High School, Christ the King Catholic Maths and Computing College and Corpus Christi Catholic Sports College.

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 are 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."