Students and teachers from Caldmore Community Primary school were invited to Birmingham City University’s (BCU) Perry Barr campus this week, as part of their participation on Mosaic Futures mentoring programme.
Professor Fiona Church, Dean of the University warmly welcomed them to the campus and engaged them with descriptions of what they should expect to see and learn about University life, before joining Lynn Fulford, Associate Dean and student ambassadors for a tour of the facilities.
The girls were shown the University library where they learnt about cataloguing, how students use the library for their degrees, and which particular books and resources are used for different courses. The girls were overwhelmed with the size and scale of the library – a key highlight of the visit – because they couldn’t imagine before how many books could be inside, especially good for a group of keen readers.
Other highlights included visiting the University Sports hall, swimming pool, yoga studio and spinning class – raising the girls’ awareness of the broad and diverse experience of university life. Girls were surprised to learn about the societies available to join as well as the student union and other social schemes.
Their horizons were broadened further when they saw both hairdressers units and mock law courts inside the University facilities. University staff and students highlighted to the girls the various ways you can access university and the range of courses available, academic and vocational available to them. The girls really loved meeting the student ambassadors and “getting the opportunity to ask questions about their courses, how to get in and what certain University buzz words and terms were really all about.”
By finishing with a reflection on how the visit applied to the rest of their learning in their 10-week mentoring programme, the girls said that they felt prepared for the visit because they had learned about role models already and had started planning their pathways to the future. The mentoring had given them confidence to ask questions on the day, taught them to never give up and work hard – “we can all be role models” and go to University if we choose!