Fri 16th March, 2012
Primary school children from Milton Keynes were given a taste of university life when they visited the University of Bedfordshire.
The children from six primary schools took part in a ‘Sowing the Seed’ event, organised by the Access Partnership Team.
The children were given a tour of the University, beginning with a visit to the computing department. They also visited the library, where they learnt the difference between their own libraries at their schools and the University’s library.
The day concluded with each student ‘graduating’ – each child received a graduation certificate and a packet of sunflower seeds from Liesl Conradie, Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Adolescent Studies.
Teacher Kirsty Ayres from Bradwell Village School said: “It was great to see the children so enthusiastic about education and university life in general. They have all expressed an interest in going to university.”
Teacher Shamsun Nahar from Knowles Junior School said: “Children were very impressed with activities and the building. Has definitely made them think about university life and has inspired them for their future.”
One pupil from Meadfurlong School said: “It was really exciting, it will be somewhere I would like to come when I grow up.”
Trevor Sinclair from the Access Partnership Team said: “This is a fantastic example of the value and impact of these events in helping to raise young people’s aspirations towards higher education.”