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School pupils get a lesson in University life

School pupils from around Sussex are sampling university life and even “graduate” this week, as part of a special scheme at the University of Sussex.

The 40 Year 11 pupils taking part in the Sussex Aimhigher Summer School have no family experience of higher education, so the week will give them a chance to see what it’s like being on campus, attending lectures, making new friends and trying different activities.


The students will then be asked to give a presentation on an aspect of the week that has interested them, at a special “graduation ceremony” this Wednesday (July 8).


The sessions at the University of Sussex – under the banner of Futureactive – will be investigating how the media reports on developments in science and technology and will involve schools involve a lot of hands-on experience and sessions with academics. A similar Aimhigher project, ‘Cracking Crime’, will be running at the University of Brighton.


Both projects have been organised in association with Aimhigher in the South East, which works to encourage children to consider further and higher education.


Dr John Selby, Director – Education and Participation, for Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which helps to fund the Aimhigher summer schools, says: “Attending an Aimhigher summer school can be a life-changing experience, opening doors to a world of often unimagined opportunity and leading to better informed choices.”

Notes to editors

Aimhigher Sussex works primarily with young people from 13 – 30. It supports learners who might not otherwise consider higher education, especially students who have no family experience of university. Its core work includes support for disabled students, children in care, refugees and asylum seekers.

Aimhigher is a national programme which aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the aspirations and developing the abilities of young people from under-represented groups. The Aimhigher programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS), the Aimhigher programme operates across nine regional partnerships and 44 area partnerships throughout England.

For more information, contact, Susan Bentley, Operations Manager, Aimhigher Sussex. Tel: 01273 643870 / 07719849297 or email


Last updated: Monday, 6 July 2009