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Newcastle University

On Wednesday 2nd October, we played host to Lydia and Gursharan from Newcastle University. Newcastle University is a public research university in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. It is also one of the prestigious Russell Group Universities and inspires the minds of 27,750 students from over 130 countries around the globe.

Students from across Y7-13 took part in activities and presentations, which introduced them to the concept of Higher Education and what it would be like to go to a top university. For our new year 7s, it was the first time they had sat in on a talk from university graduates and they found the comparison of their own school timetable and that of a university student timetables intriguing. They were also surprised at the huge amount of degree choices on offer. Students learned about how HE was not just about gaining a degree but about learning more about a subject, you love, becoming independent and making new friends. Lydia also told students to make the most of all the opportunities available to them through part time work and volunteering helping them to gain new skills ready for employment. In all over 350 students took part in the presentations and activities.

Comments from students: ‘I was surprised that there was so much to do when you are a student’

‘It looks and sounds amazing’

‘I know now that grades are important and I will be trying harder in lessons, I really want to go to university when I am older’

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