A steady stream of students visited the Aimhigher information bus when it parked outside the College of North East London (CONEL) last Friday.
The Aimhigher programme supports a range of activities, one of which is their outreach tour of colleges in London and the South East in a specially equipped bus that operates as an information drop in centre for college students.
Aimhigher is an educational organisation set up by the Government that helps open learners eyes to the benefits of higher education. The plan is to increase the numbers of people going to university with no history of studying in higher education in their families. With a target of 50 per cent of people between 18-30 being in full-time study at university by 2010, its a tough challenge.
David Talbert, one of the Aimhigher roadshow advisors, loves his job Its great because learners feel they can just drop in, ask what were about and pick up an information pack no pressure. But usually, within a couple of minutes, theyre staying on board to ask questions. I like being a part of an organisation that help young people achieve their goals.
David and his colleagues certainly seemed to have a positive affect on learners at CONEL. They went into the bus with blank and confused faces and came out with the Aimhigher information pack chattering enthusiastically about University courses. Jo Fairhead, a Creative Connections student at CONEL, was impressed, That was cool. They showed us a video about what people our age had achieved. And I had a good chat to one of the advisors. Its really made me think about going on to university.
On board the bus, visitors watched success story videos on a built-in wide screen TV and talked to advisors who encourage students to see how they can challenge their intellect, improve their career prospects, and widen their horizons by going to university.
All visitors leave the bus with an information pack that includes information about Aimhigher, the different kinds of financial help available to prospective students and the wide variety of courses they could embark upon.
Notes to editors:
1) For more information on studying at CONEL, including the award winning Creative Connections course, please visit our website or call our information hotline on 020 8442 3055.
2) For further information on the Aimhigher programme please visit their website
3) Photograph caption: Jo Fairhead aboard the Aimhigher bus.
- Last Updated: 05 October 2004