Aimhigher Summer University 2011

02 August 2011

From Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 July, eighty-four year ten students from seventeen high schools across Greater Merseyside, came to stay at LJMU for three days and two nights to participate in the Aimhigher Summer University 2011. Funded by Aimhigher, this residential programme was aimed at raising the students' Higher Education aspirations by giving them a realistic and engaging insight into university and student life.

During the three days they worked alongside various academics and twenty-six student advocates who currently study at the University, partaking in different activities and sessions, such as:

  • Who wants to be a Student’aire?- An interactive quiz competition based on the popular game show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ designed to enhance the students' understanding of university in a fun and exciting way.
  • Animation - This provided students with an opportunity to experience working in the LJMU Graphic Arts studios, focusing on animation.  Working in teams, the students used a variety of animation techniques to create exciting graphic design and illustration work for their short films, which can be seen here.
  • Criminal Justice - Students debated past criminology cases and their rulings; developing their own sentences and punishments.  They also discussed the media’s portrayal of crime and through psychological testing discovered how likely it was that they were a criminal! During day two of this session students were given access to real case documents from the probation services, to perform their own mock trial in LJMU’s Moot Room. 
  • Product Design - Within this session students worked together in groups on a creative project that tested their visual, problem solving, creative and interpersonal skills. They had to design their own Airline, brand it, develop a promotional campaign and make a prototype plane; they then each pitched and presented their project, competing against each other to be crowned the next LJMU apprentice.
  • Sport - Students interested in sports were able to spend two days participating in various activities to improve their knowledge and gain valuable experience about the sports courses LJMU offers and how they are taught; from the physical coaching and development aspects at the IM Marsh Campus to the more scientific side of sport utilising the state of the art exercise laboratories and equipment in the Tom Reilly Building. 

Michael Monaghan, from LJMU’s Aimhigher team said: ‘All the students were very impressive and their feedback was extremely positive; experiencing the different sessions has helped to fuel their HE ambitions, provide a greater insight into subjects they were already passionate about and also motivate them to study harder in their GCSEs in preparation for the future.  The combination of academic taster sessions, staying at LJMU’s Grand Central student accommodation, discussing student finances with the Student Advocates and doing group evening activities such as bowling, quasar and a disco, has enabled these students to gain a real feel and understanding of what student life is actually like; from the academic and social side to the accommodation and financial aspects.  The residential culminated in a Graduation Ceremony where the achievements of the students over the three days were recognised through awards of trophies and certificates.’

For further information about LJMU’s Widening Participation work, please contact the Widening Participation Account Manager, Paul Ireland


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