Year 10s explore university life at DMU

Posted on: 30/01/2019

Is fake news needed? Is there any such thing as truth?  Should truth be pursued? 

26 Year 10 students enjoyed a taster day at De Montford University putting themselves in the shoes of a undergraduate student. They found out that there are over 300 higher education providers in the UK offering over 37,000 courses with some unusual titles that raised a few eyebrows:  from Ethical Hacking to Circus and Physical Performance.  

Fake news and propaganda was the topic of discussion in the lecture before students spilt into smaller seminar groups to debate  further . The Telegraph states: 

"Fake news" was not a term many people used four years ago, but it is now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy, free debate and the Western order. As well as being a favourite term of Donald Trump, it was also named 2017's word of the year, raising tensions between nations, and may lead to regulation of social media.

Our students shared views and challenging opinions using a rich vocabulary to present their own ideas and interpretations. Students took part in a quick fire kahoot quiz challenging their myths and perceptions of the Library, its purpose and the support on offer. Following a trail, seeking answers to a range of questions, the students  realised the library is a vibrant learning zone that is open 24/7. ‘This is bigger than our school!’ exclaimed one student. 

The tour of the campus with the University Student Ambassadors gave a glimpse into the living accommodation, the learning environments and resources, the sports facilities, societies  and Student Union giving a  taster of University life and that it is a choice open to everyone.  Going to university is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new people, and enjoy new experiences. 

The taster was a great success with students commenting:

‘This day has been fun and very educational , I now know what goes on at university’

‘It was a great experience and everyone we met was really kind’

‘I enjoyed the confidence I have gained from being able to show my maturity . I liked walking around DMU with the Ambassadors instead of teachers’

‘I learned about propaganda and I learned that I am skilled in debating, I enjoyed going around the buildings’

‘Exciting, enjoyed looking around felt trusted/ mature.  This has given me a different outlook on uni’

‘ University is more fascinating than I expected.  I found out that they had 300,000 books . Also lots of opportunities at DMU’

‘ I have enjoyed today a lot. I have enjoyed the approachable and chilled atmosphere of the Uni. I like how nice and quiet the library was and how easy people could concentrate’

‘ The library is as big as our school and the lecture rooms ae really spacious. The library is filled with information’

‘ It was really interesting and gave me the experience of how it is going to be like’ 

‘ The student Ambassadors were very nice and helped us out’

Written by S White