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Schools' in for summer

25 July 11

This week marks a special milestone in the University of Bradford's ongoing commitment to widening participation, as it hosts the 10 year anniversary of the Higher Education Summer Schools for pupils across the region.

Held over three days across the campus, students from ages 14 to 16 are invited to attend one of five especially themed residential programmes to have a taste of higher education first hand.

Pupils get a chance to stay in student halls of residence, and spend each day on campus participating in workshops, with a mixture of study and practical work. At the end of the programme they are invited to make presentations on the work they have produced, giving them an all-round experience of the skills it takes to get ahead at University.

Of particular note for the 2011 programmes is the Eco-Engineering School, with its focus on promoting Science, Technology and Maths (STEM) education, widely recognised to be a vital developing sector in the country’s economy. 

Students will participate in workshops held in the UK’s only ‘Ecoversity’ to understand the principles of sustainable design and engineering, concluding with designing and building a to-scale carbon neutral house. All programme participants will also have the opportunity to visit The Green, the ground-breaking sustainable student village built on Bradford campus and due to be opened in September 2011.

In addition, students will be attending the Flying Higher Summer School, run in conjunction with the Aviation Academy and Leeds Bradford International Airport, the Enterprising STARS performing arts programme, the CSI Bradford forensic sciences programme and the Specialist Medical programme. The British Army will also be attending in the evenings to make sure pupils are put through their paces physically as well as mentally, with a focus on fun team building exercises.

Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development at the University, Nadira Mirza, said: “We are very proud of the University’s record over the last decade in hosting these summer school programmes. It is wonderful to see young people from across the region have the opportunity to ‘try out’ the University experience first-hand. Here at Bradford we remain committed to working with hard to reach groups, and making sure that excellent candidates from a range of backgrounds have the opportunity to come to see what we do at Bradford.

25 July 11

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