Pupils celebrate completion of ‘Access To’ programme

Over the past few weeks Aberdeen pupils have celebrated the completion of ‘Access To’ programmes which has given them a taste of university life.

Pupils and RGU staff at the celebration event for 'Access To' Forensic & Analytical Science. This term more than 100 secondary school pupils from across the city have attended the programmes at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

The initiative is designed to enable pupils who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education, whatever their circumstances.

’Access To’ is aimed at pupils who are under-represented in higher education and it is developed as part of the university’s commitment to widening participation.

The suite of ‘Access To’ programmes offer pupils a unique opportunity to work with specialist staff to understand more about their chosen course and entry requirements, as well as develop key skills required to be successful at university.

This term the programmes ran in Art & Architecture, Forensic and Analytical Science, Communication and Media, Health Professions and Management.

This month celebration events were held at the university’s Riverside East building for ‘Access to Health Professions’ and ‘Access to Forensic and Analytical Science.’

Pupils from St Machar, Kincorth, Northfield, Torry and Hazlehead Academies demonstrated their skills to their parents together with the lecturers and student ambassadors working in the programme.

In the Access to Health Professions End of Course Celebration parents had an opportunity to visit the university’s Clinical Skills facilities and engage in practical activities, including reading x-rays and listening to heart sounds.

Pupils from the Access to Forensic & Analytical Science programme set up experiments to teach their parents about toxicology and showcase their lab skills.

James Dunphy, Study Skills & Access Unit Coordinator at RGU, said: “These programmes provide a fantastic introduction to study at university and RGU is delighted to have supported such talented, hard working, young people through this work.

“The university is committed to playing a strong and active role within its community and these events help us to demonstrate the talent which young people are developing as a result of their engagement with our staff and students.”

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Ross AndersonCommunications Officer