Earlier this week (14 – 16 June 2017), Newcastle University Business School teamed up with the Newcastle United Foundation to deliver ‘Campus Challenge’. The event is designed to highlight to year 6 pupils from local schools that university could be an option for them in the future.
Now in its 6th year, Campus Challenge allows young pupils to start thinking about university as a possible pathway for them to follow, giving them access to university staff and facilities.
Pupils from the west end of Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside face a series of tasks around the university campus that they had to complete. These include finding objects or answering questions. The Campus Challenge also includes presentations from Lecturers highlighting what Newcastle University can do for young people. The visiting pupils then face a quiz about the University, such as how much students are enrolled and the various nationalities of the university’s students.
Sarah Carnegie, who manages the project for the Business School, said: “The idea of the event is to break down barriers, helping the pupils to realise that university is a viable option for them. Year 6 is an important transition stage for children as they prepare to go to secondary school, and are beginning to think about the next phase of growing up. Raising their educational aspirations is vital.
“Feedback from students and teachers from this event has continued to be positive, with the students finding it enjoyable. Campus Challenge is positively changing their opinions on the idea of attending university.”
published on: 16 June 2017