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25 July 2008
More than 100 secondary school pupils from right across Wales have been given a taste of studying for the health and legal professions at Cardiff.
The Health and Law Summer Schools, co-ordinated by the Widening Access team, are designed to give Welsh Year 12 pupils the full flavour of university life. The programme for each summer school was packed full of both academic and social activities.
Young people interested in Law, including pupils from North Wales for the first time, visited the BBC to discover the link between law and the media. They participated in a mock radio programme, which generated a number of legal issues. The pupils then researched these issues and presented their findings in a courtroom setting before a panel of experts.
Professor Norman Doe of the Law School commented: "The summer school has once again shown the extraordinary talent in Welsh schools – the standard of research, the grasp of issues, and the quality of presentation was nothing short of spectacular." The Law Summer School has been staged in collaboration with the law schools at Swansea University and, for the first time, Bangor University.
Pupils interested in health courses discovered the workings of many of the University’s leading-edge facilities, including dissection rooms, dental clinics, clinical skills, x-ray rooms and much more.
Fourth year medical student Stephen Roberts, who helped look after pupils, said: "From the verbal feedback we got and the thanks that were expressed, I feel that it was helpful to focus the students’ thinking about these topics and studying in university."
Stephen was one of around 30 health and legal students assisting with the Summer Schools. They were on hand the whole time to answer questions about higher education and to help run the activities.
To make the experience as close as possible to university life, the students and pupils cooked their own evening meals in groups in the University’s Talybont halls of residence. The pupils managed to put together tortilla wraps, homemade pizzas, stir fry, pasta bake, chilli con carne, guacamole - all on a small budget.
The University’s Widening Access team supports the recruitment, retention and progression in Higher Education of students from a wide variety of non-traditional backgrounds which may not have given them much contact with university life.
Dave Roylance, Head of Widening Access said "Feedback from the summer school students has been really positive - many have commented that the summer school, and their first taste of university life, has really inspired them to work hard at school to achieve the grades for university entrance. They have gained an insight into not only what going to university entails but also the career possibilities that a university education can bring. Inspiring, motivating and supporting students interested in going to university is what this scheme is all about."
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