Two-week programme allows young people from underrepresented groups a taste of University life.
Date: 05 September 2018
More than 150 students from Schools across the capital gathered at London Met in July to take part in our annual Summer School.
The two-week programme, which is delivered by London Met lecturers with the support of our Widening Participation team, is organised to provide young people from underrepresented groups with the chance to learn more about what a degree can offer and to give them invaluable experience too add to their applications.
Attendees were full of praise for their time at London Met with one describing it as a ‘very interactive and informative experience which gave me the chance to meet friendly students and make new friends’. Another said ‘the Summer School has allowed me to experience new things out of my comfort zone and has helped my decision to go to University greatly’.
Charlotte Gaughan, Senior Schools, Colleges and Widening Participation Officer at London Met, said: “We wanted our summer school to be a fun, interactive and informative experience for our students. For some of them they will be the first in the families to have the chance of attending University, so the experience the School gives them is invaluable.”
Throughout the week students enjoyed specially designed lecturers in a number of the subjects offered at London Met: Chemistry, Engineering, Journalism, Law, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Sports Science, 3D sketching, Fashion Design, Photography, Architecture and Marketing.
“All of the lectures were delivered by London Met’s teaching staff,” commented Charlotte. ‘Their dedication and passion for teaching is such a vital component to the success of the programme and we are extremely grateful for their time and effort’. The Students’ Union was also there to support the programme, offering students a chance to try out some of London Mets Societies and some were even able to host their own radio show.
Members of staff that participated included:
- Brian Jarman, Wendy Sloane
- Ronke Shoderu and Roger Wood
Politics and International Relations
- Dr Paul Hutchison, Dr Chris Chandler, Dr Sonja Newman, Olaide Asuni, Bernard Aidoo, Dr Samantha Banbury, Dr Amanda Holland and Dr Raffaello Antonino
- Karen Coughlan
- Colin O'Sullivan,
London Met has been providing education in the heart of London since 1848. The Widening Participation team continues the University's outreach work of over a century and a half, as part of the University's enduring commitment to social responsibility and social justice.
We support schools, colleges and adult learners through outreach activities and programmes that promote student aspirations, achievement and progression into Higher Education.
London Met is one of the most socially inclusive universities in the UK – 57% of our students are from black or minority ethnic communities, 48% are mature students and 98% are from state schools or colleges.