Around 2,500 local Year 12 students spent a day soaking up university life at the North London Higher Education Fair held at Middlesex’s Hendon Campus.
As well as finding out more about Middlesex courses, the students from schools and colleges across North London were able to check in on fifty other universities and a further twenty employers and professional bodies who participated in the fair.
They also found out more about student life, heard first hand from current Middlesex students and explored the University’s facilities, including the Quad, Forum and the gym.
The annual event - in its 14th year - is one of a number of events held by Middlesex University to get students excited about higher education. It was organised in partnership with the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
Students were able to get the inside track on courses such as Art and Design, ICT and medicine. Sports activities and other demonstrations were also on offer, while current Middlesex students were sprinkled around the Campus and gave the younger students an insight into daily life on campus.
Eriona Krasiniqi, 16, from London Academy said the event will be useful for her to make up her mind. “I think this event will allow me to finally make a decision about what course I need to take and which university is suitable.”
Kitty Ostwald, 17, from Fortismere School said the event reaffirmed her view to go to university as she feels it will make her more employable.
Marta Topornicka, Middlesex’s Education Liaison and Outreach Development Manager, said events like this provide an opportunity for young people to speak to representatives and ask questions. "Deciding whether to go to university is a big decision for local young people, so getting good advice about courses, fees and funding is a step in the right direction."
“Many students who visit the fair come from families with no history of higher education and often don't have family members or friends that can advise them on their choices. By providing opportunities like this, we are equipping students with the knowledge required to follow more ambitious career paths.”
Marta said the North London HE Fair is the largest outreach event Middlesex undertakes, adding the University regularly takes part in other initiatives to engage with local teenagers.
“We aim to support our local community and encourage young students to think about their future options. We actively support smaller projects organised by our local schools and colleges where we speak to students, their parents and teachers about the benefits and value of higher education.”