University Centre Weston showcase university life to North Somerset students

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 June 2017

Becket Primary School made a visit to UCW.

Becket Primary School made a visit to UCW.

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University Centre Weston (UCW) has launched a new programme to encourage children in North Somerset to consider going to university.

The centre, which offers a number of degree-level subjects, is working with children aged 10 and 11 through a programme called Professor Fluffy.

This welcomes schoolchildren to the university centre to explore the library, fitness centre and classrooms, and to meet students. The children even take part in their own mock graduation ceremony.

Becket Primary School, in Worle, took part last week.

JJ Clark, UCW’s widening participation officer, said: “When we ask 10 and 11-year-olds what they want to be when they grow up, more often than not they’ll say jobs that require a degree like doctors, teachers, vets and pilots.

“So it is really important to encourage children as early as possible to think about what they’ll need to do to be successful in the future.”

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