Inspiring young minds

12th November 2018


Tower Hamlets primary school students discover what university life is all about during a day trip to Wadham.

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The nine to eleven year olds from Buttercup Primary School enjoyed an ‘Introduction to University’ talk followed by academic taster sessions in Psychology and Chemistry.  

“We feel that this visit will help push our students to aspire. Just because many of them are Muslim girls from Tower Hamlets doesn’t mean they can’t achieve big things," commented one teacher accompanying the group.

The 23 primary students discovered what a lecture or tutorial involves. Wadham’s access team ran two sessions: Access and Outreach Officer, Hugh Munro, held an interactive psychology lesson, getting the children to act out the prisoner’s dilemma experiment; Access Assistant, Catherine Seed, conducted a chemistry experiment explaining how medication is developed.

“We know that giving students support and guidance about their options for university from a young age is really beneficial. Talking to students early on can have a really big impact on whether they apply to university or not,” says Wadham’s Access Assistant Catherine Seed.

“Just stepping through the gate and seeing what university is like and meeting students helps children start thinking about what they might want to study, what they might want to explore and what they are interested in. It shows them that this can be something they can do,” she adds.

Wadham students led tours of the College, showing the school pupils the JCR, refectory, library and accommodation. A trip to Oxford’s Natural History Museum followed, where the students got hands-on experience with bears, bones and cockroaches.