22 November 2007
Eighty four Thanet school pupils celebrated National Enterprise Week at Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus at two workshops held on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th November.
The Campus opened its doors to pupils from Clarendon House Grammar School; The Marlowe Academy; St George’s Church of England Foundation School; and Thanet College for the ‘Understanding Enterprise’ event designed and facilitated by Ian White, Managing Director of the Learning Observatory – an organisation that delivers enterprise workshops to schools, colleges and universities.
The event was funded by Aimhigher Kent and Medway and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The aim of the workshop was to encourage an enterprising outlook amongst young people, hone their existing skills and enable them to share a broad range of enterprising experiences and ideas. For many students involved, this was their first introduction to university.
As part of each workshop, each student was asked to present a 60 second pitch to a panel of judges, made up of Canterbury Christ Church University undergraduates, James Perrow and Lisa Felstead, who are both studying Digital Media; and Kate Lynn-Devere and Dave Carter, who are studying Commercial Music. Prizes were awarded for the most successful pitches. The winning pupils were Richard Vine, The Marlowe Academy; Ruby Guyatt, Clarendon House Grammar School; Jay Moore, St George’s Church of England School; Haydn Clarke, Thanet College; and Chris Cooper, The Marlowe Academy.
The pupils were then asked to work in groups with the University’s undergraduates who each posed a problem or a scenario for the pupils that was based on their degree work. The groups worked through each problem and presented their solutions at the end of the workshop, making use of the enterprising skills they had acquired from earlier in the session.
The Director of the University’s Broadstairs Campus, Andrew Gower, explained: “The ‘Understanding Enterprise’ event was a huge success and I was delighted to welcome the local school pupils to the Campus during National Enterprise Week, which, I hope, gave them a taste of university life. The event was aimed at those who may not have previously considered higher education as an option and demonstrates the Campus’s very strong links with local schools, colleges and businesses.”
If you would like an image of the prize winner, Jay Moore, receiving his award or would like an interview with Andrew Gower, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Draper, on 01227 782391.
National Enterprise Week is an annual UK-wide week of activities inspiring people in their teens and twenties to be enterprising and to turn ideas into something real. Enterprise Week involves a range of events around the UK aimed at helping young people to turn their ideas into working realities. Enterprise Week is about recognising and celebrating the many people who are making their ideas happen as well as encouraging each other to do something ourselves.
Aimhigher is a national programme which aims to widen participation in higher education by raising awareness, aspirations and attainment of young people from under-represented groups. Jointly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Aimhigher programme operates across nine regional partnerships and 45 area partnerships throughout England. The Aimhigher Roadshow is one key strand in the Government’s campaign to encourage more young people from backgrounds with little or no family experience of higher education to go on to university or college. For more information visit www.aimhigher.ac.uk.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Broadstairs Campus has been extremely successful over the past five years. In October 2000, it first opened its doors to 62 students. It now has a total of 1,200 full time and part time equivalent students studying at the Campus.
The Campus’s wide range of learning and teaching facilities are in three purpose-built buildings including area with acoustic and sound isolation specifications and a simulated hospital ward. Digital media students benefit from digital video and sound production facilities, editing suites, specialised computer animation resources, web and multimedia authoring systems. Music students utilise the Campus’s 24 track recording studio, music computing suite and performance facilities.
The Broadstairs Campus is extensively involved with business and the wider community, both through the links with academic programmes and the work of the University’s Centre for Enterprise and Business Development.
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