The Pathfinder Day is designed to provide visibility and awareness of one of the many opportunities available to students, and forms part of an outreach programme offered by the University in order to inform and inspire students.
It is offered in Year 9 as this is the start of students focusing on their option and possible career choices.
The day offered an excellent opportunity for students to take part in a number of activities designed to raise awareness of what Higher Education is about.
They worked in small teams on a variety of tasks with the support of a student ambassador currently studying at the University.
They heard about the many different and varied courses on offer at Universities throughout the country and how to finance their studies, as well as how to budget while studying.
Students also had a tour of the De Havilland Campus and were given a taster ‘Philosophy and Ethics’ lecture, which included a moral dilemma they were asked to debate.
The day ended with groups being asked to produce a poster, a slogan and an object that could best describe what going to university is about, and then give a presentation to a judging panel.
The students worked really well, were productive, polite and well-mannered throughout! The staff and students from the university commented on how much they enjoyed working with the group, the genuine interest they showed, how impressed they were with the questions the students asked and answered and how well they worked together. It was a thoroughly useful and rewarding trip.
University Students, students everywhere
First day is a bit of a scare
Everyone trying to find their way
A new classroom everyday
Having the experience of a lifetime
Throwing parties to god knows what time
But apart from that, you learn new things
Education is everything
Meeting new people, getting good grades
You will get a better wage
Poem created by; Dominic Hewitt, Tyana Lister, Amelia Ison, Katarina Smith, Adam Shah, Jack Press, Andrei Laeselu, Bethanie Folds, Erin Thompson, Cameron Knight.