Year 9 University Visit to Royal Holloway University London

On Thursday 10th September and Friday 11th September the ISAC and NEWT halves of Year 9 attended a university visit to Royal Holloway University London (RHUL).

We began with an introduction to university and why one might choose to go to university. Students had to unscramble some tough anagrams around words associated with university. We discovered the difference between ‘tutor time’ in secondary school and a university ‘tutorial’. Students also had the chance to see the difference in contact hours for arts courses and science courses and understood the extent of independent learning required to take place in a university setting. The RHUL Student Ambassadors gave a video tour of accommodation and assured us that shared bathrooms were ok! We also heard a great deal about the exciting societies on offer; many traditional sports and music offerings as well as Quiditch!

Next we had a Scavenger Hunt with the Student Ambassadors. The tour of the campus was a great chance to see the beautiful, scenic grounds. We saw the two main libraries,
the Chapel, the Founders Hall as well as a number of department buildings. The Student Ambassadors were keen to point out all the great places you could socialise too!

We then had a further breakout session where we learnt more about the types of courses on offer. Students looked at a range of university prospectuses. The students had to guess if certain courses really existed and they had to find a university course for every letter of the alphabet! Both exercises were incredibly helpful in showing our students the range of choices available to prospective undergraduates.

The day was rounded off with lunch in a university café called ‘Imagine'. Our students were very excited to see bean bags, sofas, and swinging egg chairs to relax and unwind on whilst having lunch! Many thanks to all of the Year 9 tutor team with their support with getting the students ready for the trip and to the staff that came on the day.