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Celebrating the Summer School

Posted on Thursday, 20 July 2017 at 12pm
by Olivia Garvey. See more of my posts here.
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The ninth annual Adult Learner Summer School took place earlier this month during which 36 adults from communities across the city and beyond came to the University of Leeds to find out about routes to higher education. Attendees took part in three days of subject tasters and explored some academic and critical thinking skills for university.

The group heard some of the diverse learning journeys of our students, quizzed University staff about the costs and benefits of university and enjoyed a ‘campus bingo’ tour using iPads to capture their personal perspectives of the campus.

Learners’ feedback focused on how the summer school had changed some of their thinking and on how much they valued the encouragement and its impact on their future aspirations:

“It has changed my ideas about how accessible university is, now I understand that there are so many pathways”

“The Summer School has made me realise that university is an achievable goal”

“I feel so inspired, motivated and excited to start my university journey”

Here at the LLC we’re very grateful to the volunteer Learning Champions who contributed to the summer school, sharing their valuable insights into life as a mature university student. These mature students helped the group to begin to see university as a realistic option and think through what progression to higher education might mean for them. We are delighted with the success of this year’s summer school and look forward to running another equally positive event in 2018.

Categories: Blogging, Mature Students, Widening Participation