It’s crucial to have all the information at your fingertips when making decisions about the future, so when Anglia Ruskin launched a new project last year for students considering GCSE options (generally in Year 9, but in some schools Year 8), the College gave the project its full support.
After the success of the pilot event, Anglia Ruskin’s Outreach and Recruitment section organised a full-scale, three-day event at the university’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School in January and invited all Cambridge Area Partnership schools to attend. Heather Chambers, Vice Principal at Long Road explains: “Each day was in three parts: a talk on Careers, a tour of the University and a visit to a post-16 / post-18 exhibition. This is where we were involved. Secondary school students prepared questions in advance then visited stands to find out about each sixth form provider, university or further education institution or employer. The idea was that this would give them additional information to feed into their GCSE option decisions.”
Long Road staff members on duty on the stand were supported by Long Road students who volunteered to spend time answering secondary school students’ questions.
“The event was very successful,” adds Heather. “Our students showed immense commitment and enthusiasm for the event and went out of their way to help. We know that younger students benefit from talking to our current students, so we were delighted to be able to recruit so many excellent helpers. Even better: we found that one of our former students, Kayleigh Harrop, who is studying Psychology at Anglia Ruskin, was working as a Student Ambassador for the university at the event. We are very much looking forward to Eyes on the Prize in January 2015 and are confident that this extremely worthwhile event will continue to grow.”