Students visit De Montfort University as part of the Aspire to HE projectPublished: November 28, 2017
Last week 34 students and staff from the art, design and media department went on a trip to visit De Montfort University [DMU] in Leicester to explore the campus and amazing facilities.
Aspire to HE is the project that will deliver the government’s aims of doubling the number of young people from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ to university by 2020.
Students experienced the lifestyle of being a university student and university staff gave guidance on a large range of art. design and media courses available.
Anna Dowdall, a footwear specialist and DMU graduate, now Telford College lecturer, said: “We had a wonderful day visiting the student’s halls of residence, touring around the gym and sports facilities, going in the student union and discussed the range of skills they would develop at university.
“This trip has been an excellent opportunity for students, which was funded by the Aspire to HE programme to raise awareness that university is accessible for all.
“We loved seeing the wonderful work created by the fashion, contour and footwear university students and speaking to the very helpful staff.
“Students who had not visited a university before were unsure what to expect but were blown-away by the tour.”
Students were impressed by the additional curriculum activities including ‘DMU Global’ which allows students to travel destinations including New York, Bali, India as well as locations in Europe to undertake research as part of their degree programmes.
Anna, who worked for Jimmy Choo as part of her footwear degree, added: “Three media students now want to go to DMU.”
Jack Debbage, a media level three student, said: “Before visiting DMU I hadn’t thought about going to university, however the visit changed my opinion after seeing how far students have progressed at university.”