Students take part in a two day challenge at University of Oxford

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During the Easter holidays, eight Year 10 UTC Swindon students embarked on an exciting two-day challenge at the University of Oxford, as part of the Fantastic Futures Programme with Study Higher.

The challenge was to come up with ideas to turn the old railway buildings into a University of Swindon. Each team had to look at the details of how this could work in practice – coming up with a name, what courses it would run and the costs associated, amongst other details.

Students were split into groups, mixed with students from the other four local schools taking part, offering them the opportunity to build on their communication, negotiation and teamwork skills.

Once each team had come up with their idea, they then had to present it to the rest of the room in the Lecture Theatre, showcasing why you would want to go to their university.

As well as partaking in this challenge, students got an insight into university life, being given a tour around the premises. There was also a mini treasure hunt organised around Oxford that evening, setup by Fantastic Futures.

Year 10 student, Oliver Kirby said: “students taking part in the Study Higher scheme attended an Education Conference to teach us about University and the wide spectrum of courses available and we were then set a challenge to design a University for Swindon. We were split into faculties and were assigned roles; I was the senior tutor of Science so I had to maintain attendance and pastoral care. It was a fun trip and we would love to attend another.”