University of Birmingham Trip

The ‘Old Joe’ Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham

As part of the school’s ongoing careers programme, a group of 50 Year 8 students went on a visit to the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston on Wednesday 11th September.

Student Ambassadors started the day with an informative talk on UoB and gave some insight into life at the Russell Group university that dates back more than a century.

Working in small groups, our pupils enjoyed a fun game of ‘Course Pictionary’ to explore the different degrees on offer and then had the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session.

The Ambassadors shared their experiences of what it’s like to study there, answering questions such as how many hours they spend in lectures, whether they have jobs and what they do when they’re not studying.

Next was a tour of the campus, where our pupils got to see the famous ‘Old Joe’ Clock Tower, various faculty buildings, and the excellent facilities available to students.

After lunch in the canteen, the Year 8s were asked to draw the perfect student, illustrating what a typical student looks like and the kind of day-to-day things they might do.

Mohammed Ansar, Outreach Officer at UoB, said: “The University of Birmingham was honoured to host Year 8 students from Bridgnorth Endowed School.”

“The level of maturity, enthusiasm and general willingness to get involved in all the activities throughout the day was great to witness. During the Student Panel, the questions that were being asked by the students to our Ambassadors demonstrated a high level of interest and a better understanding of higher education from the students.”

“We very much look forward to welcoming back students from Bridgnorth Endowed as undergraduates in the not too distant future.”

The purpose of the trip, which forms part of the careers education that students receive throughout their time at Bridgnorth Endowed School, was to ‘demystify’ what universities are about and give students real hands-on experience.

A second trip to the university with a further 50 Year 8 students is planned for next month.

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