Whitley children learn about college life with an initiation day

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The University Day in Reading

Submitted by Aspire2

Primary school children from South Reading, Berkshire, were recently given the unique opportunity to become University students for the day.

Organized by the University of Reading, the Year 5 University Day was particularly exciting for this cohort, as many of them had not been on a school trip since before the covid-19 pandemic.

The children each attended a lecture in one of the university’s lecture halls, on topics such as atmosphere, music education, brain science, the built environment and life isn’t fair .

These were delivered by college professors who captivated and delighted the children with interactive activities, experiences and a little taste of what they would experience as undergraduates.

Following this, the students were given a tour of the university campus and were able to experience what life is really like as a student at the University of Reading.

Teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed the day. Cynthia described her day as “really fun, especially the philosophy lecture,” and Masad said, “I’m really excited because I’ve never seen a college before. I think I would like to go to university to study English.

The University Day in Reading

Debi Linton, from the University of Reading, said: “It’s nice to be able to invite primary school children back to university and show off our campus, which has felt very quiet for the past two years. .

“The University is proud of our links with the local community and we hope this experience will help children think about coming to university when they are older.

Aspire2’s Helen Bligh is thrilled that those trips are starting again. She said: “Children who go on these trips rarely have this kind of opportunity, especially in the last couple of years.

“It’s wonderful to see their happiness, their excitement and their wonder as they experience a possible future they may never have thought of. We are so proud of their good behavior and commitment to the lectures – there were brilliant questions for the speakers. »

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