First Campus at Cardiff Metropolitan University has once again made the most of campus facilities by hosting hundreds of schoolchildren and showing them the opportunities a University education can provide in their summer projects.
The overall goal of the First Campus Residential project, which provides a 3-day long stay on campus, is to give participants an insight into life as an undergraduate student by giving them the opportunity to stay in halls of residence, study a degree course, meet a wide range of new people and of course, graduate.
Eighty-eight Year-9 pupils from eight schools took part in this year’s event, including Willows High School, St Illtyd’s Catholic High School, Eastern High School, Glyn Derw and Michaelston Federation, Tonyrefail Comprehensive School, Heolddu Comprehensive School, Treorchy Comprehensive School and Porth County Community School.
The children stayed on campus for three days and were offered the opportunity to study the subject of their choice including Sport, Food Technology, Ceramics, Business, Astronomy (at Cardiff University), Engineering (at the University of South Wales) and Hospitality. They were invited to attend extracurricular activities as well, such as student parties, a BBQ, curry night and Fresher’s day. On the afternoon of the last day, pupils even enjoyed a mock graduation.
Current and previous student ambassadors help to run the project, including Hannah Pretty who first became involved when she was a second-year student, seven years ago. She is now Neighbourhood Sport Coordinator with Sport Cardiff, and has been running the Sport Degree on the residential for the last two years.
She said: “It was a great experience for me, as I got to lead a group of young people and support them through, for a lot of them, their first trip away from home. As a student, it enabled me to develop my leadership and communication skills, which I believe improved my skill set and enhanced my employability.”