University of Exeter welcomes Junior Genius students 9th June 2016

‘It’s so green!’

Over the Easter holidays a group of 27 Year 10 students from schools across London travelled down to Exeter University for a week to gain insight into university life. On arrival one of the first things that struck students was the stunning rural setting and the wonderful view of rolling green hills from Holland Hall, the student accommodation that was our base for the week.

It was a packed schedule of both academic and social events that were designed to give participants a taste of all that university life has to offer, from lectures, lab time and practical assignments to a tour of the town, bowling, quiz night, sports and more.

A team of academics from across departments had put together a great schedule of activities that included programming Raspberry Pi devices to collect temperature records, identifying pollens in a lab, experimenting with aerodynamics in the engineering department and learning about water conservancy with experts in the field.

Throughout the week GG participants were assigned a ‘Student Ambassador’, a current student at the university, there to answer questions, provide support and give ‘insider information’ about life at Exeter. Feedback from the young people participating in the week demonstrated the importance of the Ambassador role, with over 81% agreeing that the students helped them to feel they would fit in at university; many said that meeting the Ambassadors was one of the highlights of the week. Our Junior Genius students also felt that the residential helped address some of the concerns they had about going to university and gave them a better understanding of the UCAS application process.

These Junior Geniuses will graduate to ‘Uni Genius’ after GCSEs and be able to take advantage of tutoring and more UCAS application support activities.

A big thank you to all of the team at the University of Exeter who helped make the week such a success, particularly the Student Ambassadors who were on hand 24/7. We will be continuing our partnership with the university: students and academics will be visiting London and there will be more trips for our Junior Geniuses to see those rolling green hills!