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Schools in for summer!

20 July 2006 – for immediate release

In an attempt to encourage bright sixteen year olds from across the West Midlands to achieve their full potential, Aston recently hosted its sixth Higher Education summer school.

The action packed six day event involved students specialising in Science & Engineering or Social Science & Business activities. The 55, year 11 students had the opportunity to exercise their skills in a series of taster sessions designed to provide students with a great insight into subjects at degree level.

The two groups undertook a wide range of activities and sessions which involved trying their hand at building robots, extracting DNA, and facing up to the challenges of webpage design and marketing.

As well as learning more about the subjects that they were considering taking at university, the students also be had the chance to receive unique and highly valuable one-to-one Higher Education guidance sessions. Aston’s Career Service’s expert team also led a day dedicated to exploring employability skills.

At the end of each day, the students took part in fun, socialising and leisure activities.

In particular the event was organised as an attempt to widen the participation of under-represented groups in Higher Education institutions. Aston has an active and successful widening participation office which works well with young people across the region and beyond.

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