Following the successful mentoring project that has been running for the past two years at Worden Sports College, UCSU Volunteers invited Year 10 pupils to visit the University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus. The mentoring scheme was a student-led project, introduced by UCSU Volunteer Alan Cree, a final year teaching student who has been working with staff at Worden, as a School Governor.
On Wednesday 29th April, UCSU Volunteers hosted 23 Year 10s, from Worden Sports College in Leyland, when they came to see what University life is like. The aim of the day was for each pupil to consider continuing in education, on completion of their GCSEs, to pursue their chosen career path.
On arriving at the University of Cumbria, each pupil received a ‘goody’ bag containing a schedule of the day, a UCSU yo-yo, a pen, a bottle of water and a name badge for the Visit Day. Having welcomed the group to the University’s Lancaster campus and given a brief health & safety talk they began a tour of one of the ‘Waddell’ Halls of Residence and the newly opened Gateway Building, led by UCSU Volunteers Jef Pedley, Chloe Hodge, Kerry White & Becky Martin.
During the day, the pupils were able to experience a Forensics workshop where four pupils had the opportunity to dress in a CSI crime scene white body suit. In this informative session, they heard all about types of injuries, blood splatters and collecting relevant information from the crime scene. They also took their own fingerprints!
In the second activity of the day, they were taken to the Apple MAC computer suite where they took photographs of themselves and then used the software to distort their images- like in a hall of mirros. There were some especially funny pictures and it was commented some improvements too! This session was led by UCSU volunteers, Ruth Smith & Gemma Loughhead
A day at University would not be complete without the opportunity to sit in a proper lecture theatre! So everyone participated in a multiple choice quiz about ‘University’ led by the University’s Schools Liaison Officer, Dan Barcroft. This proved to be very infomative, interactive and got them thinking about Higher Education. Mark Potter, President of the Students’ Union, then chatted about the Students’ Union, what it does for students, its services and the social and supportive aspects.
Thanks to Pauline, we all enjoyed a lovely selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, crisps, cookies and muffins for our buffet lunch in the The Students’ Union’s Saints Bar, which was incidentally running an accoustic cafe to raise funds for RAG week.
After lunch there was just enough time for one go each on the bouncy castle, in aid of RAG week, as we headed over to the Sports Hall for Bench Ball courtesy of UCSU volunteers Annie Walker and Rachel Makinson and football coaching on the Astro turf pitch with Volunteer, Peter Grant.
We headed past the William Thompson Hall of Residence to see those brave enough to abseil, to raise funds for RAG week, before meeting the coach, to return to Leyland.