An event designed to inform and inspire
parents and pupils from local schools about the possibilities of higher
education was held this weekend at Oxstalls Campus, 21 October.
The purpose of the event
was to support parents and pupils in making key post 16 decisions about
education, demystify further and higher education and provide an opportunity to
experience a range of activities linked to post degree level study careers.
The event was created by
GROWS, a network of six Gloucestershire based universities and colleges, and
together they collaborated with local schools and colleges to encourage young
students to raise their academic aspirations.
MP Alex Chalk delivered a speech on the day focused around future employment growth in Gloucestershire, with particular emphasis on cyber and security; two areas that the University has invested in through its Business School.
Becky Tomkins, Project Lead GROWS, said: “Giving young people and their families access to information as early as possible to inform their decisions on their future education and career paths is so important, especially with so many new and different routes available to them. University level study includes what people would think of as the standard route as well as university courses available in Further education colleges and higher and degree apprenticeships.”