INSPIRING CHOICES FOR YEAR 11S AT YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY
Eighteen Year 11 students enjoyed a packed visit to York St John University. Organised through the “Inspiring Choices” programme, the visit helped students to understand higher education and university life, and gain more understanding about their career options and decisions post-16.
Students had the opportunity to:
- Meet student ambassadors and university staff
- Experience a campus tour
- Learn about Higher Education
- Have lunch together in the University restaurant and see all the facilities available
- Take part in a focus group regarding how young people view university
Some of the students were lucky to meet Blue, the York St John therapy dog – students at the University are able to book time to spend with Blue to help ease stress and anxiety.
The students were fortunate to be visiting the University during Freshers’ week and got to experience the Freshers’ Fair and see what was on offer to new students. It was a vibrant, busy fair with many of the University’s clubs and societies promoting their benefits to the students. On the tour, the group also bumped into ex-Richmond School pupil Tom Lockwood, who studied Politics at York St John, and is now a member of staff with them.
The students very much enjoyed the trip and the chance to visit the University. One of our students said that they “really liked seeing all the facilities in the University and the different things available to students. The library was huge! It was good to be able to ask questions to students who are already studying there too. “
Ms Hamer, Careers Adviser said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see what life at University is like. To be able to tour the campus, meet student ambassadors and ask questions about University was great for them and being there during Freshers week was a great experience too. We are very proud of all the students who took part in this trip, they were a credit to the school. “
Ms Mannion, Careers Leader added: “It was great to see our students so engaged with the student ambassadors who they met on the visit. Students were confident in the focus group and asked lots of very relevant questions. Thank you to the Inspiring Choices programme for making the visit possible.”
Inspiring Choices are part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students to deliver impartial careers information, advice and guidance about further and higher education to young people across York and North Yorkshire. Visit Inspiring Choices for further information.