THE first South Somerset Higher Education (HE) month has been hailed a success by organisers.

Children, young people, teaching professionals and family from across the area attended more than 60 different events and workshops organised by South Somerset 14-19 Partnership and the University Centre Yeovil. 

Events took place at a range of locations, including the Lesley Waters Cookery School, Yeovil College, Wadham School, the University Centre Yeovil, Leaze Farm, King Arthurs School and Westfield, Preston, Bucklers Mead, Stanchester and Huish Episcopi academies.  

Each event was designed for a particular audience, aiming to improve understanding of where HE can lead and give a taste of degree-level study. 

Events covered a wide range of subject areas, including Engineering, Archaeology, Environmental Science, Geography, History, IT, Technology, Science, Farming, Performing Arts, Law, Hospitality, Sport, Marketing, Public Services, Forensic Science, Graphic Design and Business. 

Other sessions answered questions on student life, finance, summer school programmes, the role of student unions, making the transition to HE and the Year in Industry scheme.  There were also trips to universities.

Theresa Hobbs, head of Chilthorne Dormer Church School, said: “We attended a workshop and all the children had a great afternoon.  I especially liked the computer programme as it explored the notion of university in a way that the children would not have accessed before.

"Thank you to all concerned.  The students were very good with the children and great ambassadors.”

Director of the South Somerset 14-19 Partnership, Dr Julie Young, said: “The first HE Month has been a great success.  We’ve had lots of very positive feedback from both attendees and event presenters and made some very positive links with HE institutions, employers and the general public. 

"These events helped raise awareness of Higher Education opportunities, increase general knowledge of how degree-level study works and dispel some myths about university. 

"We’re already working on a programme for next year’s HE Month and hope to include some new sessions on Motor Vehicle and Horticulture training.

"Overall, we’re delighted with how this year’s HE Month went and already looking forward to expanding and improving on it ready for November 2014.”

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