News: University Campus Visits

19th February 2019

As well as coming into school to deliver our workshops, another great way to utilise Hepp’s offer is to have a university campus visit as one of your engagements.

These are available for up to 50 students at either Sheffield Hallam University or the University of Sheffield.  Schools can choose that cohort of students however they like, for example:

– mid-ability students for whom exposure to a university campus would help remove the off-putting unknown and raise their aspirations

– high-achieving students who could benefit from increased motivation to achieve their targets

– as a general incentive/reward

The itinerary for the day will be agreed to suit your requirements, but it usually includes two workshops (from our three strands), a campus tour and a student Q&A.  As well as our Graduate Interns, we also use Student Ambassadors more intensively in these engagements, enabling your students to get a current and pertinent insight into the university experience.

The campus tours are one of the most popular parts of the day.  Did you know that Jarvis Cocker studied at Sheffield Hallam (and Pulp got their big break there when John Peel came to DJ)?  Or that The University of Sheffield’s Western Bank Library houses the National Fairground Archive, a unique collection covering the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment?

Feedback from recent visits has been very positive:

“Our students were made to feel very welcome and…have returned to school knowing more about future opportunities and grown in confidence with regards to taking that next step when the time is right.”

Headteacher

“I really liked the school trip to the University of Sheffield.  It was so much bigger than I had expected.  I was amazed to find out that the University of Sheffield’s Western Bank Library held approximately 5,000,000 books!  I’d say that’s quite a few.  That wasn’t the only library either.  There were four!  Then there was the variety of subjects you could study.  More than I can count, most of which I’d never heard of (though I’d love to find out more!).  The lecture theatres were much bigger than I expected.  I can see why they’re called lecture theatres now.”

Student

If you’d like to find out more about how a campus visit could work for your school then please get in touch with your Regional Activities Coordinator.

We’re aware that some schools – for a number of reasons – aren’t able to make use of a campus visit and so we’re looking into possibilities for bringing that experience virtually to you in schools.  Watch this space!

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