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Students get a taste of University life

Press release issued: 12 July 2002

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Students get a taste of University life

Bristol University hosts two Summer Schools [14-19 July]

Next week Bristol University is playing host to over 150 students from all over the UK who are finding out what university life is like at two residential summer schools: the Higher Education Summer School and the Sutton Trust Summer School.

This is the third year the University has hosted the Higher Education Summer School. This Government-funded summer school is aimed at gifted and talented young people from selected inner-city areas. It forms part of the Government's Excellence in Cities initiative.

One hundred and eighteen state-educated students are attending Bristol's fifth successive Sutton Trust Summer School. The Sutton Trust Summer School is for 16- to 17-year-olds, who will be given the opportunity to enrich their A-level studies and be encouraged to apply to top universities.

The Summer School is funded by the philanthropist Dr Peter Lampl through the Sutton Trust, which aims to support academically able young people from non-privileged backgrounds and to raise their aspirations so that they gain access to the best possible higher education.

But the week will not be all work and no play. In addition to their academic programme, students will be able to choose from a range of activities with current students at the Students' Union, including drama and student journalism, and from a range of sports including Ultimate Frisbee, cricket and football.

The University hopes that by the end of the week the students will be convinced that higher education is for them.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Evans, said: 'We are delighted that we have been able to invite a record number of students to these events. The summer schools are exciting and important opportunities to promote universities in general and Bristol in particular in schools that have little or no record of generating applicants for university places. We hope to attract many more bright and committed students from disadvantaged backgrounds.'

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Friday, 12-Jul-2002 16:57:10 BST

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