A partnership between the University of Westminster and Westminster Children’s University has successfully begun with a programme of taster lectures from university staff and students at primary schools in the local borough and an on-campus visit for the Children’s University students.

The event was organised by the University of Westminster’s Outreach team together with partners at Queen’s Park, Essendine, St. Stephen’s, St. Luke’s, Hallfield and St. Peter’s primary schools in the borough of Westminster.

The event cemented the University of Westminster’s partnership with the young people and seats of learning in the local borough and helped expose young people, who may have never experienced what a university offers or does, to an accessible and inclusive life experience.

A teacher in attendance commented: “The school students have been really excited and engaged throughout the visits and have learned a lot about the university.”

Tracey Popoola, student on the Journalism BA Honours course and volunteer lecturer for the Children’s University, said: “When the Outreach team informed me about the Children’s University, I knew right away that I had to get involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the event on Tuesday - it is great to see so many bright young children show an interest in higher education!”

Jim Carlberg, an Outreach Officer for Schools at the University of Westminster said: “The combination of lectures by our students and immersive campus visits have provided a great platform to nurture young aspiration and help to form lasting links for the community in Westminster. We hope to continue this work year on year.”

The Children’s University is a national organisation for 5-14 year olds, also operating in Essex and Manchester. The University of Westminster will be hosting the eventual graduation ceremony for the youngsters studying on the scheme next February.

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