When researching universities, students are
often questioning what the university can offer
them when they get there. However, it is also
worth finding out what an institution can offer
before the application process even starts. One way universities can support schools and colleges with this, is through offering subject specific university events.
Subject specific events come in many forms and are a great way for your students to start exploring higher education. Student recruitment teams can offer talks and workshops in person or online on a range of subjects, from course tasters to student life and personal statements.
On-campus visit days have also returned for many institutions, which allow students to experience university facilities first-hand whilst receiving sessions from academics. Furthermore, summer school programs can encourage students to gain independence and meet new people.
Subject events are highly beneficial for
prospective students. Deciding what subject
to study at university can be a daunting task,
especially if they are considering areas that
are not taught at their school or college. Trying
out a subject with their chosen university can
give a real insight into whether they can see
themselves pursuing it as a career.
Doing so can also provide a taster of university teaching. Lectures, seminars and tutorials differ greatly from Key Stage 5 education, as does the independent study that university courses often require. Experiencing this at a summer school or webinar session can indicate to students whether university is right for them.
Another advantage of subject specific events is that university academics are leading researchers in their fields, so discussion of a specific subject through a webinar session can also develop students’ knowledge and improve their academic skill in preparation for their exams.
Mentioning this event participation can look attractive in a personal statement too, demonstrating interest and commitment - especially if it involves a student’s chosen university.
As well as being of great benefit to your
students, organising these events can also help
school and colleges to achieve their Gatsby
Benchmarks. Incorporating regular sessions
into your timetables will increase encounters
with higher education (Benchmark 7), link your
curriculum to careers (Benchmark 4), and
create a stable careers programme
Each institution will have their own event provision, but as an example, at Swansea University, we offer a termly Current News webinar series for year 12 and 13 students, which runs over 2 weeks.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
by Ashleigh Poole
posted on 22 Sep '23
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