Bangor University offers a range of activities for schools and colleges, with the aim of increasing awareness of Higher Education and encouraging young people to consider the opportunities available to them. These activities range from pre-application advice and guidance talks to interactive sessions aimed at raising the aspirations of younger pupils.
The following are some of the activities which your school might be interested in:
Presentations on Bangor University and advice on preparing for Higher Education are offered by the University’s Schools Liaison Officers. The topics covered include; How to choose, Where to choose; Completing the UCAS Form; Preparing your Personal Statement; Preparing for interviews.
Academic departments can provide speakers to visit local schools to give lectures on a range of A/AS curriculum topics, as well as broader themes. The lectures offered each year are listed in the Lecture Scheme booklet which is available by emailing or phoning 01248 383536. To see a copy of the booklet for 2010/11, click here.
Current Bangor students can visit your school to lead a question-and-answer session on student life and what it’s like to study at University.
A tailored programme is drawn up for each school wishing to bring a group of pupils (or the whole year group) on a visit to Bangor. The activities available include talks by particular academic departments; guided tours of the campus (including student accommodation and sports facilities); a visit to/presentation by the Students’ Union; workshops/presentations on team-building, graduate careers, study skills and progression to Higher Education. The visits can be either day-long visits or residential visits.
Bangor University is actively involved in attempts to increase and widen participation in Higher Education and our Talent Opportunities Programme is one of the largest widening access programmes in the country. It involves over 1500 pupils in schools across North Wales.
Bangor is also one of ten institutions who are partners in the Community University of North Wales, a partnership committed to helping people make changes in their lives through getting a better education. Through this partnership, Bangor helps to widen participation by the Reaching Higher, Reaching Wider programme.
The University also regularly arranges activities and hosts visits by schools/LEAs involved in initiatives such as Excellence in Cities.
The type of activities that can be arranged for schools who want to raise the aspirations of younger pupils and introduce the concept of going on to Higher Education include:
Aiming for a College Education (ACE) workshops are student-led workshops focusing on the benefits of Higher Education. By working in small groups and participating in various group exercises, pupils are introduced to issues such as the differences between school and university; the variety of entry routes into HE; the personal development associated with going to university; and themes related to student life.
Usually delivered by PGCE students, the study skills sessions cover issues such as time management, revision skills and teambuilding, and are suitable for Years 9 – 11.
A school bringing a group of younger pupils on an aspiration-raising visit to the University would usually be offered a broad programme consisting, for example, of a visit to an academic department, a guided tour of the campus (including student accommodation and sports facilities), and a general introduction to university and student life.
For more information on any of the activities aimed at either Years 12 and 13 or younger pupils, please contact:
The Student Recruitment Unit
Bangor University Bangor
Tel: 01248 388144/382005
Fax: 01248 383268
Bangor is an ideal base for a residential visit, and dozens of schools return here on an annual basis for activities ranging from fieldwork and activity weeks to Sixth Form Induction and Introduction to HE programmes.
The choice of accommodation is either standard accommodation in traditional halls of residence or en-suite study bedrooms in the newer halls, while the catering provision includes both cafeteria meals and packed lunches as required.
A full information pack giving more details of the residential facilities and services for schools is available from the Conference Office. For your pack or to discuss a possible residential visit, please contact the Conference Office on:
Student Mentoring is a project emanating from the Reaching Higher Reaching Wider project. It concentrates on aspirational mentoring with pupils working in small groups with a nominated mentor to broaden their horizons regarding post 16 opportunities, especially HE.
All students placed in schools will receive training and will have to apply for their CRB (police) checks.
For more details of Student Mentoring contact:
Phone: 01248 382072
The School of Education at Bangor University provides initial teacher training (BEd, BSc leading to QTS, and PGCE courses) for those wishing to enter a career in education, as well as continuing professional development courses for teachers. The details are as follows:
School Experience for trainee teachers on the following courses:
Trainee teachers are placed in schools across north Wales and practising teachers are trained to be their mentors; mentors agree that being involved in initial teacher training helps their own professional development.
For information on any of the above, please contact:
School of Education
Tel: 01248 383082/351151
Fax: 01248 383092