Youngsters enjoy a taste of uni life

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MORE than 20 youngsters were given a two-day taster of university life as part of a scheme for children in care.

AimHigher Sussex and the University of Brighton teamed up to organise the Spring School at University Centre Hastings in Havelock Road. The “students” aged between 12 and 16 got to take part in a range of activities including sessions in the professional UCH television and radio studios and teambuilding games.

To mark the end of the project there was a mock graduation ceremony for which the youngsters donned caps and gowns and received a special certificate.

Wendy Philcox, who organised the Spring school for Brighton University, said; “Children who have been in care are under represented at universities, so our aim was to give these young people a chance to spend some time in a university setting. The University of Brighton offers excellent support to students who have been in care, giving each one a personal guidance tutor for their time of study and preferential access to accommodation.”