Friday 17th August 2007 by C. Freeman
Students from schools in the Corby Excellence Cluster got a unique insight into the life of a university student when they took part in a visit to Wadham College in Oxford. A variety of Year 9 and 10 students from Brooke Weston College, The Kingswood School and Corby Community College spent the day discovering what university life is really like.
After they had arrived in Oxford, the excited students had a brief introduction by one of the college's scholars and got to meet the many university students who acted as 'guides' during the day. The students then set off, venturing onto the streets for an impromptu quiz and photo activity around the winding passages and buildings of Oxford.
Later everyone was split into three groups and got the chance to participate in a number of different workshops.
One group took part in a Balloon Debate in one of the secret meeting rooms of the exclusive 'Oxford Union', the eventual winner being Nelson Mandela. Other groups got their hands stuck into making 'goo' in one of the many laboratories around the college. Finally, there was time for a last photo call before the coach rolled out of Oxford.
The event proved to be very popular, with many people showing off the fruits of their labour (sticky goo) on the coach back home. Year 10 student Ash Davies, who went on the outing, said: 'It was great fun. We got a really good look around and I've now got a completely different idea of what university is like.'
It is hoped that the Aspiration Day event can be continued as an annual event so that the opportunity to visit one of Britain's most prestigious universities is offered to more students.