Barton Peveril invited over 80 Universities to visit for the annual Higher Education Fair, on Thursday 8th March 2018. The event saw current students and local school pupils meet and discuss with the University representatives about Higher Education and the options available to students after studying at the College. Immediately after this event six of the representatives gave a Question and Answer Panel to students, answering all queries about life at University.
In attendance at the event were representatives from Universities throughout the United Kingdom, from Edinburgh to Essex and Cardiff to Coventry, including a representative from Institution of the Arts Barcelona. A large number of pupils visited the event, with Moe Hanafy from Cardiff University praising the turnout:
‘This event exposes you to a range of good quality students of different ages, with diverse academic backgrounds. It is really busy, I ran out of prospectuses very quickly as everyone is so keen to take their next step towards success.’
Alix Hickman, who represented the University of Winchester, was also eager to praise the Barton Peveril students:
‘The students I’ve spoken to are well prepared and have obviously reflected on what they want to gain from University, so I’ve been having really meaningful conversations.’ Alix Hickman then commented on the benefit of inviting local schools to the event, stating it ‘is nice to see younger school children too, to give them a chance to get excited about University.’
Year 10 pupils from Crestwood Community School, Wildern School, Wyvern College, Brookfield Community School and St. Mary’s Independent School all attended the Fair. Pupils were also given a talk introducing them to University, by Barton Peveril’s Head of Careers (Higher Education) Shoonagh Hubble.
Wildern School teacher Jake Collings spoke highly of the event:
‘This provided great information for our students and helped to inspire them towards Higher Education, particularly further away from home, in the future.’
Barton Peveril staff and students also found the event useful, with first year student Lois Gilhooly stating:
‘The Higher Education Fair is a really good opportunity to have a wider experience of Universities before open days, giving you a better perspective on what course and University is right for you.’
Once the Higher Education Fair came to a close, representatives from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Leeds held a Question and Answer Panel. The panel answered all the students’ questions about life at University, including how to apply, how to select a course, and how to know which University is right for them.
The Higher Education Fair will be followed by the Futures Fair, which takes place on Thursday 15th March. The Futures Fair sees over 50 Employers, Apprenticeship and Training Providers, and Gap Year Organisations visit the College to talk to students about all the options available after studying at Barton Peveril.