8 July 2013 16:55

More than two hundred and fifty students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have been visiting campus to find out more about life at university.

This is the fourth annual residential trip for year 12 students organised as part of the Islands Project, a direct partnership between schools from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and Lancaster University.

The project is designed to help students make the best choices if they are considering Higher Education in the UK. 

There were a total of 14 pupils visiting from Guernsey Grammar in Guernsey, where teacher Jim Banks is the Head of Careers.

He said: “It’s a great insight for our students and a good opportunity to see what university is like.”

Year 12 student Jemimah Paine said everyone she had met had been very helpful.

“The campus feels like a small town and it’s got very good resources. It’s great meeting new people and seeing what Lancaster University is really like.”

Year 12 student Gavin Fitch agreed: “It’s a relaxed vibe here, very friendly and helpful and I really like it.”

Student Ambassador Andrew Long, who is studying Environmental Science, helped the school students work on a renewable energy project.

“They’ve been learning about working as a group, making a presentation and learning new skills so it’s very useful experience. They’ve also had a look at our facilities and accommodation so it’s a real insight into what we offer.”

In past years Lancaster academics have travelled to the Islands to deliver a series of masterclasses to year 12 students in a range of different subjects.

The University’s UK Student Recruitment Office also travel to the Islands each year to take part in HE fairs and to deliver talks on university life. Currently 70 students from the Islands are studying undergraduate courses at Lancaster.