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Posted on: April 2nd 2019

Whitmore High School's University Fair 2019

University fair 1On Monday 4th March our school opened its doors to Year 12 students from across the borough and welcomed them to our University Fair.

Thirty four universities travelled here to talk to students and give advice and guidance on the next stage in their education and future career. Students from 19 different schools attended with over 600 students passing through the fair. Students had the opportunity of attending talks on: Student Finance, STEM Careers, Applications to Medicine and Dentistry, Oxbridge Applications, Degree Apprenticeships, Competitive Applications as well as talking to experts on applying toUniversity fair 2 universities in the USA.

Mr Gareth Thomas, MP, supported the school in organising and promoting the event and also attended the Fair and we are very grateful for his participation.

The feedback from the Universities that attended was overwhelmingly positive and they were impressed by the quality of the questions our students asked.  Some of their comments are below:

University fair 3‘The event was great and all the young people were very prepared and had clearly already begun researching their options - we would be very happy to come again.’ UCL representative

‘Students were able to ask pertinent and intelligent questions about studying at University and comparisons between courses’.

‘Students were very happy to be at the Fair and thinking about the next step in their future career.’University fair 4

Here are some observations from the students themselves:

An Evening of Opportunity – Whitmore’s University Fair

‘I found the University Fair very interesting as I was able to meet with current students and even some professors directly.  I had engaging conversations about life at university and specific details about courses. Importantly I attended a talk on ‘Competitive Applications  - Russell Group Universities’. The speaker from Leeds University spoke about student University fair 5finance and made everything so much clearer and the Kings College representative explained the process involved in applying for medicine.  These were my two biggest concerns and now I have answers to my questions and feel more confident.  Although it was slightly overwhelming at first, as there were so many universities to go to, there were also specific talks that were really informative.  Overall it was amazing to be able to have my questions answered and my fears about life at University allayed.  

Saimon Year 12

In addition to the Year 12 students Year 11 students were also invited along to the University fair 6University Fair as well.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed going to the University Fair and I think it was a great opportunity to get a better feel for what was necessary to do a particular course.  I was also able to get prospectuses to take home to read.  Talking to some of the representatives it was clear that they knew in-depth information about all the courses they offered and they were also really friendly and happy to help. I attended a talk on applications to Oxford and Cambridge and I found it really useful and now understand the complicated process. Overall the event was incredibly helpful in informing me of possible future choices and I would recommend it to other students in the future.’

Jonny Year 11

Thank you to Gareth Thomas MP and all the Universities for supporting our school and students – V Sullivan, Careers Coordinator