A number of young people flocked to Cardiff Metropolitan University this summer for the two-week First Campus Summer School project which raises awareness of the opportunities available within higher education.
Cardiff Metropolitan University opened its Llandaff campus to over fifty 11-16 year olds at the beginning of the summer holidays for the project, which saw school pupils from Community First schools and areas all over South East Wales attend.
The event was organised and run by the First Campus Programme, which aims to raise aspirations and inspire learners in South East Wales who are traditionally under-represented in higher education, providing information, advice and guidance to university.
The summer school ran for two weeks and commenced at the beginning of the school summer holidays. A variety of different workshops were offered throughout the course of the event from sports nutrition to aromatherapy, creative writing, and illustration to the science of chocolate.
The sessions were designed to develop the pupil's knowledge of their chosen subjects, and give them an increased awareness of the different learning opportunities within the different subject areas available to study at higher education.
The First Campus-organised event has expanded from year to year – this year it offered a wider range of courses and ran for two weeks as opposed to one in previous years. A greater volume of participants also attended this year's event, with over 60 signing up across the two weeks.
First Campus coordinator Natalie Ray said: "The summer school is something that we've been running for a few years now, but this year really exceeded our expectations.
"A record number of students took part, and we hope this is something to do with the vastly increased range of courses we were able to offer this year.
"It's very important that we get the young people engaged in and aware of higher education from a young age, and what better way to do this than a two week taster course during the long summer break."
For more information on the First Campus Programme, please visit: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/partnerships/wideningaccess/Pages/First-Campus.aspx