Learners from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London got invaluable hands-on experience of cutting edge technology at a top London University during a recent visit.

Students from the College’s Access to Engineering course visited Brunel University on Friday 14th Jan to get a taste of university life.

The learners, accompanied by the College’s Careers Adviser, Renu Arrowsmith, were treated to a lecture on Civil Engineering and sustainability by Dr. Phil Collins, the University’s undergraduate course director for civil engineering.

Their group’s subsequent tour of the university campus included a visit to the engineering, motor sport and flight simulator laboratories. They were also able to visit halls of residence, and to meet some of the current students.

The College offers Access courses in many of its curriculum areas. They prepare College learners for university level study, and give them the qualifications they need to secure offers from top institutions. Renu Arrowsmith said: “Each member of the Access to Engineering group was a fantastic ambassador for the College – they were lively and engaged throughout the visit, and I’m sure they all have bright futures ahead of them in their degree studies and the top jobs they will be able to go on to.

Learner Sonny Kane said “the visit gave us a chance to see for ourselves the true quality of a university’s facilities before we make our final decisions.” His colleague Joao Almeida added: “it’s been great to look at the student accommodation and other services, and to talk to real students on the campus.”

Jane O’Neill, the College’s Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience said: “Colleges like ours now provide a wonderful opportunity for people to progress to university, not just through our Access courses but also through the support and advice that is available from careers professionals like Renu and her colleagues.”   

Brunel University, based in Uxbridge, has a long tradition of top quality work in technology and engineering. It is amongst the top 50 universities in the UK. It is named for Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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