HCS hosts first Higher Education Conference for Romsey pupils
Over 160 pupils attended Hampshire Collegiate School’s (HCS) inaugural Higher Education Conference on Thursday 16 November. Pupils from Years 11 and 12, together with guest pupils from Mountbatten School and Romsey School, had the opportunity to find out about the range of possibilities that universities have to offer, meet 22 visiting universities and attend workshops where they could ask questions about specific opportunities and course requirements.
Universities from across the country including the London School of Economics, Imperial College London, colleges from Oxford and Cambridge universities, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Winchester and Southampton were present. Pupils participated in a wide range of workshops which included talks on: Why choose Imperial College? Oxbridge explained; acoustical and other engineering disciplines; and applying to medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.
“It was really useful to have lots of universities from around the country in one place. The workshops showed us how lectures work and it was really helpful to understand things like the UCAS process, the sort of work experience universities are looking for and more detailed information about different courses,” said HCS pupil, Anna Cutts.
HCS Headmaster, Cliff Canning, commented: “The career paths open to young people have never been so varied and diverse. This is the first of many events we are organising in school to give pupils the opportunity to explore the different options available to them, to seek out information and ask lots of questions so that they can make informed choices about life beyond school.”
Speakers included Professor Victor Humphrey (specialist in acoustical engineering, University of Southampton); Dr John Gillet (head of fine art, Winchester Arts College); Pritesh Narayan (head of student experience, University of West England; and Devon Campbell-Hall (course leader for English and senior lecturer (Southampton Solent University).