Students from England and beyond take part in three-day trip to LJMU
At the beginning of July, nearly 100 Year 12 students from Northern Ireland, Wales and across the rest of England took part in a three-day residential visit to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to experience all that the university has to offer. The programme was fully funded by the university and led by LJMU’s outreach team as part of its ongoing work to help children and young people from underrepresented backgrounds to gain the knowledge and confidence to look at going into higher education after school or college. Mariama Balde Djaura, outreach account manager at LJMU, said: “Through a variety of workshops, overnight stays in our student accommodation, academic lectures, activities, and campus tours, we aimed to inspire and empower those taking part, showcasing the numerous opportunities available to them at LJMU. “Over the three days we witnessed the enthusiasm of the students as they actively engaged with our staff, current students, and their peers who share similar aspirations, creating a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone felt welcomed, encouraged, and motivated to pursue a path in higher education.” Students from across the country had excellent feedback. One student said: “I have gained a sense of independence living in student accommodation for three days. I have also learnt about the application process into university as well as the subject I’m interested in studying. I also feel more confident speaking to new people and socialising.” Another said: “I had a really good time and have enjoyed myself and getting to learn all about LJMU. I feel confident that I would want to attend university!” Two students from Liverpool Screen School did a fantastic job in capturing many of the highlights of the week in a special montage video.