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UCAS Convention at the University of Bedford

Friday 26th June 2015 by C. Freeman

Brooke Weston’s Sixth Formers visited the University of Bedford for the Beds, MK and Northants UCAS Convention, one of the largest careers fairs held locally attracting 10,000 visitors over two days. More than 150 Higher Education Institutions were represented alongside organisations including the Armed Forces. It was an opportunity for students to look at the range of careers available and gather prospectuses and information.

Mrs Duguid-Yeomans said: ‘The students talked to admissions tutors and existing university students and there was masses of merchandise and prospectuses and lots of advertising about open days plus a tent with local bands playing. It felt like a bit of a festival. There was also a teachers’ lounge. The aim was that we made contact with other schools and universities and, as a result, a couple of lecturers from the University of Bedford will come and talk to our students so it was a great networking event for everyone.

'They also had representatives from the RAF, Marines, Navy, and people like the National Citizenship Service. Although it was university heavy there was also information on things like art foundation and agricultural courses that the students may not necessarily have thought about before. There was also guidance on student finance and advice for parents. We were there for a good few hours and it led to a lot of discussion. It was very worthwhile attending as it was an absolute explosion of information.’

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