Hundreds of local schoolchildren descended on Middlesex University to get a taste of different career paths and university life on Tuesday.
600 students from 13 schools across London visited the campus for the ‘Futures Festival’, which was tailored to their personal interests. Students from years 12 and 13 completed taster sessions, campus tours, attended mini freshers fairs and listened to advice from Middlesex alumni.
The taster sessions included creating stylish dresses from paper, directing and styling a photo shoot, attending a mock trial in the Barnet Town Hall Court Chamber, producing a news reel and programming mobile robots. The students could choose from a range of subject sessions including criminology, law, media, performing arts, dance, illustrations/graphics, business, sport, sciences and computing.
Schools and colleges attending included Barnet and Southgate College, Hendon School, Hendon College, College of North West London, Harrow College, St. Augustine's CE High School, Whitefield School and Stanmore College.
Students were also offered the chance to win £1000 bursaries for Middlesex’s recently launched maths degree course or two week work placements at the University working on cutting edge research projects.
Elita Eliades-Ahmed, Education Liaison Manager from Middlesex University, said: “It’s often difficult for young people to decide which career path to pursue if they haven’t had a chance to experience the sort of projects they will be taking on at university. Futures Festival was aimed at helping students make more informed decisions about their future in a fun and experiential way. Students are inspired by getting hands on experience in the technology labs or dance studios.”
Photo: Students get to grips with the equipment in the photography taster session