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Students get a taste for university life

15 July 2010

Students from schools in Kent were able to experience university life when they took part in taster programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Hartsdown Technology College students Daniel Uttridge and Carl Hodges.
Hartsdown Technology College students Daniel Uttridge and Carl Hodges.

The students, from eight schools across Kent and Medway, attended the University for three days, from November to March, to get a taste of Higher Education, in either Education, Health or Policing.

Carl Hodges from Hartsdown Technology College in Margate took part in the Education programme. He said: “I found the classes really interesting and it has reinforced what I want to do when I’m older. I have been thinking about teaching since I was in year nine and seeing all the different things you have to deal with has confirmed that I want to help younger people learn.”

The programme, part of the University’s ‘Gateways to the Professions’, is an exciting opportunity for school students aged between 17 and 18.

Now in its third year, it enables students to participate in a programme that requires them to work at Higher Education level 1 standard. This benefits the students if they go on to apply for university, giving them extra experience and a competitive edge in their degree course. It also allows students to get a feel for these professions and consider whether it may be something they would like to pursue as a future career.

Daniel Uttridge, who also attends Hartsdown Technology College, took part in the Policing programme. He said: “I have always wanted to be a police officer so when the opportunity for this course came up I thought I would take it.

“It has made me want to pursue this as a career even more and I would definitely consider coming to the university in the future if it means getting into the police force.”

This year’s programme came to an end on Thursday 8 July when the students were presented with certificates at a ceremony held at the University.

Dawn Emery, Project Administrator for the Gateway Programme and Programme Administrator for PGCE Secondary at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students. They have been really enthusiastic and as far as I’m aware they all really enjoyed it. It has been a great experience for everyone involved.”

‘Gateway to the Professions’ is one of a number of initiatives that the Partnerships and Widening Participation Team is involved with, in terms of raising aspiration for learners who may never have previously considered accessing Higher Education. 

For more information about 'Gateway' or other Widening Participation activity at Canterbury Christ Church University, please email: pwp@canterbury.ac.uk.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has approximately 16,700 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission: ‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of our students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’

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