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North East students sample life at Durham University

(10 July 2003)

213 lower sixth students from across the north-east are taking part in a free 4 day residential master class at the University of Durham this week which runs from 9-12 July. Priority has been given to students from backgrounds where neither parent went to university.

The project is being sponsored by two educational philanthropists working together for the first time; Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, and Peter Ogden, Chairman of the Ogden Trust. Both Trusts aim to help students from non-privileged backgrounds to achieve their full potential.

Participants are linked to an undergraduate student during the week who will act as their mentor throughout their final year at school. During that year the students will be expected to return to the university to attend a series of follow-up sessions designed to encourage and stretch the most able sixth form students with learning geared towards the student’s A’Level curriculum.

The university’s A’Level Masterclass Study Support programme covers 13 subject strands – Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Politics and Religious Studies.

The programme involves lectures incorporating study time and a social programme that includes quizzes, live music and a disco. The final morning is devoted to Higher Education applications such as the completion of the UCAS form.

The programme has been organised by Lorraine Jolley, Masterclass Co-ordinator for the University following last year’s successful pilot which involved students spending a day in an academic department.

Lorraine said:” This year's programme, which has a residential and social element will, I think, be an even better experience, giving students a first hand insight into university life. The University seeks to encourage those with high potential and from all backgrounds, to achieve the best possible academic performance.”


Media Opportunity – Friday 11 July

There will be an opportunity to meet staff and students taking part in the master classes on Friday 11 July between 9.30am and 12.00pm and 1.30pm and 3.00pm. The students will be taking part in a Chemistry session involving practical experiments. Lorraine Jolley, Masterclass Co-ordinator will be available for interview.

The sessions will take place in CG60 in the Chemistry Building on the University Science Site in Durham.

Contact

If you wish to attend the master class sessions please contact Helen Swain, Public Relations Office 0191 334 0017 or Lucas Applegarth, Schools Liaison Office on 07813090282 for further information.
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