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  1. 1. get a taste of UNI this summer U n i T a s t e r s 2 0 1 1
  2. 2. Contents Who are summer UniTasters for? 2 Frequently Asked Questions 3-4 University of Bath 5-6 Bournemouth University / The Arts University College at Bournemouth 7-8 University of Bristol 9-10 University of Exeter 11-12 University College Falmouth 13-14 University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John (UCP Marjon) 15-16 University of Plymouth 17-18 Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester 19-20 Student Quotes 21-22 How to Apply 23-24 Summer UniTasters Dictionary 25 Timetable 26 Subject index 27-29 Contact Us 30 If you need to view a larger font version of this magazine, please visit our website at: U n i T a s t e r s 2 0 1 1
  3. 3. Welcome to the Aimhigher UniTasters 2011!You will have been given this magazine by your teacher because he/she thinks that you could well have what it takes to go on to higher education (HE)* and that you are eligible to apply. *See Summer UniTasters Dictionary on page 25 for a definition of higher education The Aimhigher UniTasters are only available toYear 11 students from particular schools in the South West of England.You may be wondering about whether to apply to university or aren’t clear what higher education involves or you might be thinking that it’s not an option for you. It could well be the case that no one else in your family has been to university. If you have a disability or learning difference, such as dyslexia, or if you are in care at the moment, then we are particularly keen that you should feel you can apply. Some further education college students if under 18 at the time of the UniTasters are also eligible to apply. Note: ‘Higher Education’ courses are available through both universities and further education colleges.They can be full time or part time, residential or non-residential. However, for brevity, in this magazine we will mainly use the term ‘university’ to refer to ‘higher education’. UniTasters give you the chance to learn about higher education and university study.They provide a taste of university life by giving you the opportunity to spend several days living on a university campus next summer.There you will meet current students and staff, try out different subjects you could do and join in the social life.The UniTasters are designed to help you decide whether or not university is right for you and what you might want to do in the future by giving you first hand experience of what it’s really like to be a student.And the best part is that they are completely free! The UniTasters listed in this magazine are run at different universities across the South West of England. Meals are provided and you will live in the students’ residences during your stay. Students who are at university at the moment play a big part in our UniTasters and will be with you throughout the week to guide you, give you support and to answer your questions about what university is like. During the UniTasters you will join in subject teaching sessions especially arranged for you.The type of subjects you will study will depend on the university you choose; you could focus on a particular area of interest or you might opt to try out a variety of subjects. These sessions will give you an insight into university teaching methods and you will see how they differ from your experience of learning at school.The week will also help you improve and develop valuable skills like team-building, problem solving and communication skills, all of which are very useful for your education and for employment too! For a full list of subject ‘tasters’ which you could try out, together with information on which universities offer them, take a look on pages 27-29. Please note that these are a guide at the time of going to press and that there may be some minor changes to the subjects individual universities make available. As well as this, you will get career guidance and learn about the range of jobs available to people with a university qualification (graduates). Did you know that, on average, a university graduate can expect to earn at least £100,000 more than someone without a higher qualification during their working life?There will be up-to-date information on student loans, grants and tuition fees and it will be explained how you can finance your studies and live on a budget.You can find out that money needn’t be such a barrier to going to Uni from students who have done it! However university life isn’t all about work!You will also get to experience the social side of being a student by taking part in a range of activities and events. In the past, students have joined in karaoke evenings, laser-quest, bowling, discos, outdoor pursuits and sports events, barbecues and lots more. Plus, you will have some free time to relax with new friends. Sounds good? If you are interested in learning more about our UniTasters please read the rest of this magazine, which gives details about the universities involved and what they each hope to offer.You can also visit our website at: where, along with lots of info, you can see what students did on their UniTasters in 2010. 2
  4. 4. Unsure about what to expect? Want to learn more? Here are the answers to all your questions! Who can go on a UniTaster? TheAimhigher UniTasters are only available toYear 11 students from particular schools in the SouthWest of England.You may be wondering about whether to apply to university or aren’t clear what higher education involves or you might be thinking that it’s not an option for you.It could well be the case that no one else in your family has been to university.If you have a disability or learning difference, such as dyslexia,or if you are in care at the moment,then we are particularly keen that you should feel you can apply.Some further education college students if under 18 at the time of the UniTasters are also eligible to apply. As we have said,the fact that your teacher has given you this magazine means that they think you are eligible for the programme and could well have the ability to go on to higher education.The SouthWest UniTasters particularly want to involve students who come from backgrounds where going to university might be the exception rather than the rule. What if I think that I don’t want to go to university? OK,but the important thing is to make up your mind based on good information! A UniTaster is an ideal way to help you decide.You will get to experience for yourself what being a student is all about and will be able to come to your own, well informed,decision about your future at the end of it. How long does it last for? Each UniTaster can vary a bit in length,but they will usually be at least three nights long (4 days). Who will be there? Other students inYear 11 or the equivalent who live in the SouthWest will be at the UniTastersThe number of students ranges from about 15 to 55 - it just depends which one you attend.You will also meet members of staff and student ambassadors or mentors.Ambassadors are current university students who will be there to work with and support you throughout the week and will share their experiences of being at university.Students who have been on past UniTasters always say that getting to know the ambassadors is one of the best things about the experience. What will I do at a UniTaster? All the UniTasters follow a similar programme:teaching sessions,social activities and advice on careers and finance.However the subjects they offer vary, depending on the university.All the UniTasters balance their subjects programme with a variety of great social activities,making use of the university’s facilities and local surroundings and making sure that you get the full university experience! The details of what each UniTaster plans to offer are on their own pages in this magazine and on Pages 26 (Timetable) and 27-29 (Subject Index). How much will going on a UniTaster cost me? Nothing! Everything is paid for including your transport there and back,food, drinks,accommodation and all activities. Frequently Asked Questions 3
  5. 5. How will I get to my UniTaster ? Students usually travel to their UniTaster by train,with all transport costs being met by the university you go to.Parents/carers can also drive you to the UniTaster and will be reimbursed for any fuel costs.Further details of the travel arrangements for your UniTaster will be provided once you have been offered and accepted a place. What if I have some kind of disability, special educational need or medical condition? As we have said, we are particularly keen to see applications from students who may have special educational needs, a learning difference or a disability, whose teachers believe they could go on to higher education. The residential UniTaster Programme and its universities are committed to supporting all students whatever their needs and disabilities and to including everyone who can benefit and wants to go.All the universities have facilities and specialised staff to help all types of people.They will make sure you get any support you need so that you can make the most of the UniTaster.This means that your accommodation will be appropriate,taught sessions will take your circumstances into account and the social programme will be accessible and enjoyable for all. When you apply for a UniTaster you will be asked about any special educational needs,disabilities or medical conditions you might have.This is so that the university you go to can make sure that suitable accommodation,teaching,learning and trips are there for you.Once you’ve got your place,the university providing your UniTaster will contact you in advance to discuss any particular needs you may have,for example if you are dyslexic,have a sight or hearing impairment or use a wheelchair.In this way,they will try to make sure your UniTaster experience is a fantastic one. How will I meet new people? Can I go with a friend? Although you might find yourself on a UniTaster with a small number of friends from school,you certainly won’t know everyone.It’s normal to feel a bit nervous (as well as excited!) before the start of the week.To help you settle in,and shortly after you arrive,all the UniTasters run activities which will help you to get to know the other students.This will give you the chance to make friends and get to know the student ambassadors and staff.So we can make sure everyone mixes,we do limit the number of students from one school at any one UniTaster.You need to let your teacher know if you would like to attend with a school friend so that they can alert us and make sure that both of you make the same UniTaster choices. Any friend you do want to attend with must be in the group of students your teacher(s) has identified as eligible to apply. Where will I be sleeping? Will I have to share a room? All the UniTasters are fully residential,so you will be staying in the university’s student accommodation.You will have your own study bedroom and will not be expected to share.All the rooms include the basics:a bed,desk and chair,lamp and wardrobe.Any additional items depend on where you stay. What do I need to take with me? You will need enough clothes to last you for the length of your UniTaster.These should be casual and should also include items suitable for sports activities.Individual universities will tell you if any other particular clothing is required.Whilst the cost of all activities,meals,accommodation and transport are covered by the scheme,you may wish to bring a small amount of money to buy anything extra. What will I get out of my UniTaster? By going on a UniTaster you get a free and fully inclusive time away,with the chance to meet lots of new people,try out different activities,learn useful new skills and knowledge and discover whether university is for you.Getting a taste of university could open up all kinds of ideas on what you could do in the future.What’s more,you will have fun in the process! I’m really interested! What should I do now? If you think that a UniTaster is for you,then the next step is to decide which ones you want to apply for.The next section of this brochure outlines the 8 UniTasters running in the SouthWest forYear 11 students and provides details of the subjects and social activities they plan to offer.More details on the subjects on offer can be found on pages 27-29.Please read each entry carefully to help you make your decision. Please choose up to 4 UniTasters from the list on Page 26 (Timetable) and be clear on their dates and your availability to attend for the whole of the event. Additional information and links to each UniTaster’s own website can be found at: Applying – online or on paper Once you have decided where you want to apply, your teacher will help you complete an application, preferably online,through theAimhigher summer schools applications website run by the Universities and CollegesAdmissions Service’s (UCAS),or on a paper form.Applying online will give you a taste of what it’s like when you make a real university application via UCAS. For full details of how to apply,see Pages 23 and 24. 4
  6. 6. Dates: Monday 11th July –Thursday 14th July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW01 What subjects are you offering? We want you to try out lots of subjects that interest you during the UniTaster.You will be able to choose from a range of ‘taster’ sessions.The provisional programme includes Biology, History, Psychology, Sport, Engineering, Computer Science and Drama. The ‘taster’ sessions will give you the chance to experience mini lectures, group discussions and practical lab-based workshops.All of the sessions will be taught by friendly members of staff in a fun and interactive way. What social activities are planned? We want you to experience the social side of student life too, so there will be activities every evening so you can all get to know each other. We are planning a barbecue, a student-led quiz, a drumming circle and on the final night we’ll be having a formal dinner with disco afterwards.You will have use of the University’s outstanding sports facilities every day.There will also be time for you to just chill out and unwind. Where will I be staying? You will stay in one of the student residence blocks on the University campus.You will get a single bedroom to yourself for the week.You will have access to a shared kitchen with facilities for making hot drinks or for storing additional snacks and cold drinks.You won’t need to cook though! Self-service breakfasts, lunches and evening meals will be provided at no cost to you in one of the University’s cafeteria areas or food courts. What about careers and student finance? There will be information and guidance on choosing courses, applying to higher education and managing student finances. University staff and current uni students will all contribute to this so that you get as full a picture as possible. Will I be able to meet any current students? Our student helpers will help you get settled in at the start of the UniTaster and they’ll be on hand all week to get you to the right places and to take part in social activities with you.They will also make sure that you have a really fun-packed week.They’ll also play a big part in those sessions where you find out what student and university life is like.We don’t expect you to know anything about uni before you come – but once you’re here you’ll have people on hand who can answer all your questions. What is the University and local area like? Bath is a great place to be a student!The city of Bath is one of the most interesting and vibrant cities in the UK.The University is medium-sized and safe with a very friendly feel and a lively atmosphere.The University has a lively Students’ Union, offering a huge range of sporting, social and cultural activities.The University has excellent sports facilities and is renowned for its coaching of elite athletes as well as for the sports opportunities open to University students and the wider community. Ranking high in league tables for teaching and research, the University of Bath puts strong emphasis on education for the‘real world’, with most undergraduate courses containing substantial opportunities for work experience, which makes our students highly rated by employers. Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Steph Gan Tel: 01225 383554 E-mail: Or visit the website: University of Bath UniTaster 2011 5
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  8. 8. Dates:Tuesday 5th July to Friday 8th July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW02 What subjects are you offering? This joint Summer School offered by Bournemouth University and the neighbouring Arts University College at Bournemouth will offer you a wide range of subjects you can study at Higher Education. Provisional subjects from which you can choose to try include animation, business and law, healthcare, leisure and tourism, modelmaking and sport.We want you to try out as much as you can of the subjects that interest you during the summer school, we do this by offering tasters within the academic schools that participate in the UniTaster.All the activities will be hands on and fun.The emphasis is definitely on you, and we hope to give you the knowledge and tools to develop your dreams into reality. What social activities are planned? Bournemouth is well known for its fun-loving students! We want you to experience that side of student life too – there will be activities every evening so you can get to know each other and let your hair down… ten-pin bowling, a disco and a karaoke evening should work perfectly!There will also be a range of other activities that you can choose from in free-time including sports tasters, film showings, and social computing. What about careers and student finance? In addition to the subject-based workshops, we’ll also give you lots of information about the next steps you can take.These sessions will cover student finance, career options, and how to pick the best place for you to continue your studies.We’re proud of the support that higher education can offer you and we want to tell you all about it. Where will I be staying? You’ll have your own room on the Bournemouth University campus in a genuine student house - and each house comes complete with its own student mentor to make sure that everything goes smoothly.The houses are the same ones that some of the first-year students live in when they arrive at the University.They’re self-contained, clean, and secure. Each property has between 4 and 7 bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a lounge area and a shared kitchen but all your meals will be provided.The activities will take place at the University and next door at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. Will I be able to meet any current students? Of course! Current students will be with you every step of the way.They’ll be around to help 24/7 - you’ll even be living with one in your house.Whether you want to ask about the subject you are interested in, how to get into further and higher education, or how the mentors got to where they are now.All the student mentors are more than happy to explain things, or even just listen if you need a chat. What are the institutions and local area like? Bournemouth is a vibrant town with loads going on.We may be best known for the seven miles of gorgeous sandy beach, but it’s not all deckchairs and sunny summer holidays! With two Higher Education institutions, and nearby colleges that offer Higher Education, the town caters for young people all year round.The University has a strong professional emphasis.The Arts University College at Bournemouth is one of only twelve specialist Higher Education Institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design, media and performance and enjoys a strong reputation for providing the creative industries with practitioners of the future.This means that Bournemouth University and the Arts University College at Bournemouth focus on making sure that our students have the best possible skills and knowledge to get a job after their studies.We think that higher education is the best way to achieve your goals and our students seem to enjoy themselves on the way there! Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Matthew Usher Aimhigher, Bournemouth University 3rd Floor Melbury House 1-3 Oxford Road Bournemouth Dorset BH8 8ES Tel: 01202 961 232 E-mail: Or visit our websites: Bournemouth University Arts University College at Bournemouth UniTaster 2011 7
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  10. 10. Dates: Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW03 What subjects are you offering? The University of Bristol’s UniTaster will introduce you to a wide range of subjects that you may want to study at Higher Education level.Among the subjects you will study during the week will be: Law, Philosophy, Physics, Earth Sciences, Medicine / Neuroscience and Russian and English.You will experience the whole range of teaching experiences available at university including lectures, seminars, laboratory work and hands-on practicals.Among the highlights of the week are debates on the ethical aspects of euthanasia as well as hi-tech experiments in the University’s Medicine Department*. Don’t worry that the sessions will be too hard, they are designed especially for the UniTaster and don’t involve any written work or test. *Subjects and activities correct at time of going to press.While every effort will be made to deliver all these sessions, they are potentially subject to change. What social activities are planned? The social activities are a really important part of the week, as we aim to provide you with a realistic picture of university life. Last year the students on the UniTaster enjoyed a selection of bowling, pub style quizzes and parties.There is also an afternoon of sports activities, and an opportunity to sample some of the university societies.You will also get the chance to just relax and chill out with your new-found friends. What about careers and student finance? Spending a few days at a university is a great way for you to find out more information about the key issues relating to studying at higher education level.You will have the chance to ask questions of students and staff throughout the week and there will be specific sessions organised on student life and student finance.There will also be a session designed to introduce you to a range of study techniques that will help you throughout the week and in your future studies. Where will I be staying? During the week, you will be staying in one of the University’s largest catered Halls of Residence, this is where our undergraduate students live for the rest of the year.The Hall has a common room, TV and video room and a pool table. Bristol undergraduate students also stay in the Halls, acting as mentors for all UniTaster students. Will I be able to meet any current students? Each UniTaster student will be part of a ‘mentor group’ with an assigned mentor.The mentor is there to provide any help and advice you may require during the week. Mentors are our current, or recently graduated students.They will be able to answer all your questions about university life and will make sure that you get as much fun out of the week as possible! What is the University and local area like? Bristol is an amazing place to be a student.The University is, by all measures, one of the best in the country and many of our students go on to get great jobs with some of the biggest companies in the world. Bristol itself is a funky and laid-back place to be. Bristol also mixes the old and the new with loads of historic buildings and monuments such as the famous Clifton suspension bridge alongside the modern city-centre shopping complexes of Cabot Circus and fashionable Park Street. Bristol is without doubt one of the most exciting and cool cities in the country. Come and see what life in a top university is like! Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Doug Jennings Schools & Colleges Liaison Officer Widening Participation & Undergraduate Recruitment Office University of Bristol Senate House Tyndall Ave Bristol BS8 1TH Tel: 0117 928 8862 Fax: 0117 928 8146 E-mail: Or visit the website: University of Bristol UniTaster 2011 9
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  12. 12. Dates: Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW04 What subjects are you offering? Whether you have a passion for a particular subject or are just curious to try out something new, you will be able to take part in a wide variety of academic sessions; some will be more in depth, whilst others will be delivered in shorter ‘taster’ sessions, giving you the opportunity to explore different areas of interest.The provisional programme currently includes Biology, Business, English, Drama, Law, Psychology, Humanities & Social Sciences, Languages, Engineering and Sports Science. Most sessions will be taught on the University campus – in lecture theatres, science labs and seminar rooms.The sessions will give you the chance to experience mini lectures and group discussions in order to find out what it is really like to study in higher education. All the classes will be taught by friendly members of staff, with the emphasis on activities being fun and interactive. What social activities are planned? Student life, as you probably guessed, is not all academic!The UniTaster will give you a taste of some of the more social aspects of being a student.Whilst you are at the UniTaster there will be a common room for you to relax and meet up in.You will also get the chance to use the full range of sport facilities, including the tennis courts and the football pitches.We will also be organising lots of evening activities for you including a ‘chill out’ evening with quizzes and DVD’s, a BBQ and on the last night we’ll have a formal dinner followed by a disco. What about careers and student finance? The UniTaster will also offer sessions on other aspects of student life, including careers, work, and the all-important issue of student finance. Led by student ambassadors, you will have the opportunity to explore the career and progression options available to you – to work through what is important to you and where your aspirations lie.You will also have the chance to develop your presentation and team-work skills. Where will I be staying? You will stay in one of the student residence blocks on campus. You will get a single bedroom to yourself for the week. Close by will be a large screenTV, pool table and lounge where you can relax.You will eat your meals in the Hall and other catering outlets on the campus. Will I be able to meet current students? Current university students, known as Student Ambassadors, will be working and living with you to make sure that you get the most out of the week.They will supervise the social activities and will always be around to talk with you and answer any questions you have. What is the University and local area like? The University of Exeter has around 14000 students who study a wide variety of subjects. Most of these students will be on vacation when the summer school takes place.The main campus is a friendly, vibrant place with lots going on and is within walking distance of the city centre. Exeter is known as the region’s capital and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. Any Questions? For further information, please contact Natalie Bracher at the: Student Recruitment Office Hailey Wing Reed Hall Streatham Drive Exeter EX4 4QP Tel: 01392 722527 Fax: 01392 722063 Or visit the website: University of Exeter UniTaster 2011 11
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  14. 14. Dates: SW05 (a) Week One: Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2011. or SW05 (b) WeekTwo: Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July 2011. UniTaster Code: SW05 (a) and (b) What subjects are you offering? At Falmouth we teach a range of courses across Art, Design, Media and Performance and you will get a taster in each area. Students and staff from different specialities will guide you through activities like filmmaking andTV production, choreography, theatre and music workshops, logo design and print-making, photography, fine art sculpture work and a lot more.As we are one of the smaller UniTasters, working with between 16 and 20 students per week, the activities are designed to encourage teamwork and collaboration, just like our degree courses. What social activities are planned? Prepare for a surf lesson on one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches (don’t worry though,wetsuits and boards are provided!).We’ll also spend an evening DJing andVJing at a local venue,along with beach and park games and a BBQ.Cameras will be available for filmmaking and“diary room”sessions,and of course the highly popular ready steady cook competition with the mentors as judges. Where will I be staying? You will be staying in our Halls of Residence (Henry ScottTuke House), located a short walk from our Falmouth campus. Each flat accommodates 5 students, with a shared kitchen / living room and 5 separate bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in blocks of 3 flats.We will have a common room area where will meet and chill out, as well as private outdoor space if the weather is nice! Will I be able to meet any current students? Not only will you be meeting them, you’ll be living with them! Each of the flats will house a current Falmouth student, who will be your mentor for the week.The mentors are chosen for their range of practical and social skills and come from a variety of backgrounds. They will be in charge of getting you up and breakfasted each morning and keeping you entertained in the evenings.They will be taking part in the activities in the daytime alongside you, giving everyone the chance to get to know each other well. What about careers and student finance? Talking and living with the student mentors will give you lots of insights into the life (and therefore finances) of an average student.Through the work that we do during the week there will be further information about future careers and vocations where creative and performance skills are of great importance and value.You will also receive the latest information about the cost of studying in HE and discuss what the issues can be and how to resolve them. What is the University and local area like? University College Falmouth was originally founded as an Art School in 1902. Falmouth is a leading specialist University College with an international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media and Performance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is split over two sites.The Woodlane Campus is situated in sub-tropical gardens on an 8-acre site, close to the beaches, town and port of Falmouth.TheTremough Campus occupies a country estate just outside the historic town of Penryn, about 15 minutes away from Falmouth.Tremough is the location for our cutting-edge facilities housed in the Design, Media and Performance Centres, all of which we’ll be using during the UniTaster. Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Sam Hudspith Education & Community Liaison Co-ordinator University College Falmouth Woodlane Falmouth TR11 4RH Tel: 01326 213747 E-mail: Website: University College Falmouth UniTaster 2011 – Creative Futures! 13
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  16. 16. Dates: Monday 4th July toThursday 7th July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW06 As the oldestTeacherTraining College in the UK, University College Plymouth St Mark and St John has a great education tradition. But education is not simply teacher training. If you come to the UniTaster at UCP Marjon we will to be able to show you how education works outside the school system, with workshops in Community Education through the Arts, Education Studies, PrimaryTeaching, Coaching and outdoor education. Linking our specialist subjects Drama, Media, Sport andTeaching with education will give you the experience of a joint honours and the chance to see how education works in the real world. What Subjects are you offering? We offer you the opportunity to work in small groups focusing on Education and teacher training, Education with Sport and outdoor adventure, Education with ICT Media and Education with Drama. The Current University Students who study each of the subjects work in pairs to plan and organise sessions throughout the week and act as tutors who work and live with you. The University Students plan and manage the sessions you will take part in as they have got the experience and enthusiasm for what they study and know what keeps them interested which will keep you interested! No two groups will have the same experience.The sessions will be different depending on your subject and your tutors.This makes Graduation a great experience when all the groups produce presentations or drama productions and feed back to the rest of the group what we have achieved throughout the week. However every group will get to experience a bit of what the other subjects are doing with taster sessions run by each of the tutors. What Social Activities are planned? What Activities aren’t Planned! Last year we stayed in- hired sumo suits and Bungee runs, had a pub quiz, student kitchen challenge when everyone made their own dinner and we had a barbecue and party We went out taking advantage of Plymouth as a city and the position of UCP Marjon on the edge of Dartmoor, with trips to the Hoe and the city centre. What about careers and finance? You will meet with our finance team who will tell you all about managing money at Uni.And you will be working with current University Students who know all about managing their student finance! Where will I be staying? You will be staying in our newly refurbished Halls of residence right alongside the New Sports facilities.You will have your own ensuite private student study bedroom with a shared kitchen. Will I meet any Current University Students? Everyday!The UniTaster works so well because of the University Students who run your sessions, get stuck in with the social activities and are on hand to support you if you are feeling a bit homesick.You will get to know them really well and you can ask them all the questions you like. What is the Local Area like? Fantastic! -You can see the sea from the UCP Marjon campus and we are on the edge of Dartmoor.We are a close knit University community to the North of the city with around 2,500 students and are undergoing a major revamp so you will be some of the first to experience the accommodation and sports equipment. Any questions: For further information, please contact: Lesley Graham The University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John Derriford Rd Plymouth PL6 8BH Tel: 01752 636700 x 8214 Fax: 01752 626823 E-mail: Or visit the website: University College, Plymouth St Mark and St John, UCP Marjon UniTaster 2011 15
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  18. 18. Dates: SW07 (a)Tuesday 5th July – Friday 8th July 2011 or SW07 (b)Tuesday 12th July – Friday 15th July 2011 UniTaster Codes: SW07 (a), SW07 (b) What subjects are you offering? There are a variety of academic subjects for you to get involved in including Marine Biology & Freshwater Ecology, Health & Social Care, DesignTechnologies, Modern Languages and Art.You will have firsthand experience of some amazing equipment, such as the Electron Microscope, Digital Media, Heart Monitors to name just a few. Most of these sessions will be delivered on campus but for a couple of them we will need to go off-site, these are commonly known as ‘field trips’. Don’t worry that the sessions will be hard to do, I promise you they won’t!The subjects are delivered in a relaxed and friendly manner by relaxed and friendly staff.The emphasis is on you gaining a positive experience with us. But don’t be fooled that these are just made up lectures just for show; these are real lectures that are delivered to our 1st year undergraduates. What social activities are planned? Well, as you may have an idea, it’s not all work, students love to have fun and that’s a good part of our social plan…fun.There will be a chance to show hidden talents with our ‘it’s a knockout’ competition, there is water involved, so be prepared to get a little wet!!Then there’s the BoatTrip with a Dinner & Disco, Music Zone – fun with musical instruments and last but not least, there’s Go-Karting!! What about careers and student finance? As well as the academic workshops there will be a chance to gain generic information about important issues, such as finance, careers, and what courses are available.The aim will be what’s important to you and where your aspirations lie. Where will I be staying? You will live, just like our current uni students – in halls of residence where you will have your own en-suite bedroom. The halls are spilt into approximately 6 room flats which have a kitchen/living space.You will share this with 5 other young people that are attending the summer school.Your meals will be catered for by you.As part of the UniTaster experience, of living like a uni student, you and your flat mates will have the task of budgeting for all your meals while you are with us. Don’t worry we’ll give you the money and send you off with an experienced student ambassador to shop for food. Will I be able to meet current students? Try keeping them away!!! A bunch of highly trained and tactical…… well friendly and helpful current uni students will be nearby 24/7.Take this opportunity to find out what it’s really like being a student at university they are only too happy to tell you their tales of joy. What is the University and local area like? The University of Plymouth is one of the UK’s most prominent and dynamic universities with an educational history dating back to 1862. Consistently ranked as one of the top three modern universities, Plymouth currently has over 33,000 students. We are a city based university ensuring that most amenities are close at hand.With more than enough places to dance your socks off! In addition, some of Europe’s most spectacular countryside and beaches are on the university’s doorstep. There is plenty of opportunity to go swimming, surfing, sailing, waterskiing, jetskiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, hiking, picnicking, exploring or just chilling out! Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Jayne Stanyer,Widening Participation Officer University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth Devon Pl4 8AA Tel: 01752 587952 Fax: 01752 587969 E-mail: Or visit the website: The University of Plymouth UniTaster 2011 17
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  20. 20. Dates: Monday 18th July to Friday 22nd July 2011 UniTaster Code: SW08 What subjects are we offering? Despite the ‘agricultural’ tag in our name, the RAC has a multitude of subjects to offer, and you may be surprised to find out just how much ‘agriculture’ actually encompasses.The UniTaster is your chance to experience a range of land-based study options, including property, land and estate agency, business and business management, equine science and business, agriculture, animal management, science and food systems. Within these you will also find diverse units such as organic farming, key skills and entrepreneurship!You’ll get a taste of each area and you’ll be able to speak to tutors about your interests – after all, it’s all about you! What social activities are planned? The RAC Student Union motto is ‘work hard, play harder’ – so that’s what you’ll be doing too. Our students definitely know how to have a good time and they’ll be on-hand to make sure that your time with us is educational, exciting and fun.We’ve not only got a great range of activities to help you to get to know each other, but you can also expect a session at the Water-park, visits to our farms and a party in the barn to celebrate. If the sun shines, we’ll pick up the pace with a sizzling summer BBQ and a few games of your favourite sports… and why not relax against the glow of a crackling campfire and toasted marshmallows at the end of a long summer’s day… Careers and student finance Throughout the week, you’ll have time to explore the realities of student life and ask any questions.You’ll hear about student finance, including loans and grants; career options; studying abroad; student study support and student life.We’ll also be able to advise you on the application process, entry requirements and different levels of study. Not only that, but if we don’t cover it, we’ll give you plenty of chances to ask it. Where will I be staying? Welcome to the closest you’re ever going to be to staying at Hogwarts!You’ll be residential at the College.You’ll get your own bedroom. Each room has a study desk, wardrobe and shared or private bathroom facilities.You’ll also have access to a launderette, shop and postal services.TheTythe barn houses a flat-screenTV, pool tables and games.All meals will be provided.There’s also a chapel, basketball courts and full internet access on campus. Will I be able to meet current students? Absolutely!The best way to learn about university life is from those who are living it! Our student ambassadors will be around to help you and talk about their own experiences.They co- ordinate and run sessions and will also be around during the evenings, so there will be plenty of time for you to chat to them. They will be your mentors for the programme, so if you have any problems or just need to chat, they’ll be there to help. What is the University and local area like? The RAC is a small campus university, situated in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds. It is home to just over 1000 students, who live on campus or in the town centre.We’re situated between the major cities of Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham and Swindon, but the setting for the RAC is a beautiful rolling rural landscape. Our Student Union ensures that there are plenty of parties on campus through-out the term. Our many sports and social clubs, organised and run by students, only add to the variety of activities you can get involved in.And if that’s not enough, the surrounding cities offer something for everyone; with great live music for all tastes, dancing, cultural heritage, sports and large shopping centres.The RAC also boasts individual student support (academic and personal) throughout your studies and excellent graduate progression into a huge variety of professional positions. Any Questions? For further information, please contact: Widening Participation Officer The Outreach Centre Royal Agricultural College Stroud Road Cirencester GL7 6JS Tel: 01285 889912 Fax: 01285 650219 E-mail: Or visit the website: The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UniTaster 2011 19
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  22. 22. Student profiles What students have said about UniTasters! Jess: ‘I think it was the best time of my entire life’ Nikita: ‘I didn’t want to leave!’ Becky: ‘I found out lots about courses I could possibly take and I have made some amazing mates’ Elsa: ‘The taste of the way classes and social activities are fun pushed me towards uni!...thanks 4 a gr8 time’ Rebecca: ‘The talks helped me understand a lot about money..’ Lauren: ‘It is a good way to meet others and an opportunity to see into university life’ Jodie: ‘I’ve decided (uni) really is something for me because the experience was great’ Sam: ‘If anyone is thinking about going, go. It’s a great experience!’ Kathryn: ‘It was a great week! But I will be glad to get some sleep!’ Dan: ‘The best thing was meeting new people and making loads of new friends’ 21
  23. 23. If you want to read more about what people thought about past UniTasters (summer schools) check out the participant profiles or see for yourself on our photo galleries at Tom: ‘The best thing was simply getting an idea of what I want to do in the future and the general experience!The worst thing is actually leaving!’ Chaz: ‘I wasn't too sure if I wanted to go to Uni. I was a bit freaked out about moving away, and costs scared me because I didn't think I could afford it, but they have shown me it is affordable and you're better off after.’ Cally: ‘The afternoon sessions really helped to answer my questions and get rid of any doubts about university’ Emma: ‘I met new people, it made me realise that I won’t be on my own all the time (at uni)’ Nathan: ‘The best things were the evening entertainment’ Alli: ‘It’s a few days out of your holiday which you will remember for the rest of your life… it was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed all four days and I didn't want to come home. I would just like to say a massive thank you…for giving us this amazing opportunity. I'll never forget that week!’ Gary: ‘I’ve decided to do everything I can to get into university.’ Owen: ‘It’s really good to go.The people were very kind and funny’ Seb: ‘Best things were the relaxed atmosphere and meeting lots of people’ 22 U n i T a s t e r s 2 0 1 1
  24. 24. How to Apply 1. Check if you are eligible • The Aimhigher UniTasters are only available toYear 11 students from particular schools in the South West of England.You may be wondering about whether to apply to university or aren’t clear what higher education involves or you might be thinking that it’s not an option for you. It could well be the case that no one else in your family has been to university. If you have a disability or learning difference, such as dyslexia, or if you are in care at the moment, then we are particularly keen that you should feel you can apply. Some further education college students, if under 18 at the time of the UniTasters, are also eligible to apply. • Your teachers believe that you could well have the ability to go on to university.Your teacher will have given you a copy of this magazine because they think that you have this potential and are eligible to apply for the programme.You must speak to your parents or guardians to make sure you have their support to apply and they will need to give their consent for you to attend if you are offered a place. 2. Choose your UniTasters • Read through this magazine and visit our website at to help you decide which UniTasters you are most interested in and which you want to apply to.You are strongly advised to choose up to 4 UniTasters so as to give yourself the best chance of getting a place.We can’t guarantee being able to offer you a place on the programme but, if you make sure you list 4 UniTasters, the more likely it is that you will be matched to one you want. 3. Complete an Application • Once you have decided where you want to apply, your teacher will work with you to help you complete an application online, through the Aimhigher summer schools website run by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).Your teacher can give you the website address.This will give you a taste of what it’s like when you make a real university application.Although we would like you to apply online via the Aimhigher summer schools website, it is quite acceptable to apply by completing a paper application form which your teacher can supply. • You will need to provide all the information you are asked for on the application form, including providing a short personal statement (just like university applicants do) on things like your interests, possible career ideas, any work experience and your hobbies. • Use the information in this magazine or on the website to make your decisions on which UniTasters you want to apply to and then list your choices on the application form. 4. Get your parent(s), guardian(s) or carer(s) to sign to say that they consent for you to attend a UniTaster if you are offered a place. • Your teacher will make sure your parents, guardians or carers are provided with a paper form to complete.This will ask them to provide a bit of information about themselves and about you.They will need to sign the form to confirm that they give their consent for you to attend.The form will then need to be returned to your teacher who will send it on to us. 23 U n i T a s t e r s 2 0 1 1
  25. 25. 5. Your teacher’s role • All applications MUST be supported by and come via your school or college. If applying online, your teacher should be able to ensure that you can complete the application at school though you could complete it at home if you have access to the internet. Once he or she has written a short reference for you, your teacher will submit your online application via the UCAS summer schools applications website or will post it to us if it’s on a paper form. • The opening date for submitting online applications is Monday 22nd November 2010.The final date for receipt of applications is Friday 4th February 2011.Applications received after this deadline will only be considered if there are still places available on the programme. After your application form is submitted by your teacher • Shortly after we receive your application form from your school via UCAS or by post you will receive a postcard confirming that we have received your application safely.You will then be sent further information confirming if you have been offered a place.We hope to make sure you know the outcome of your application by the end of April 2011 at the latest.You will also be notified if you are on our reserve list. Please don’t be disappointed if you go onto the reserve list.Things do change and many students who have gone onto the reserve list in the past have ended up getting a place! Going on the reserve list is not a comment on the quality of your application but reflects the fact that we are always over-subscribed. • When you are offered a place you and your parents or guardians will be sent a simple form to confirm that you are accepting your offer and a code of conduct for you both to sign. These should be returned to the university where you have been offered a UniTaster place. • Once allocated, you should start to receive details of travel arrangements and any further practical arrangements from early in the summer term 2011 from the individual university where you have a UniTaster place. Your commitment to the programme • When applying, please make sure that you are available for the full length of the UniTasters you have listed, and that you are prepared to attend any that you have chosen. Once you have been informed that you have a place, that place will be held for you.We will do what we can do to offer you your first choice but we can’t guarantee this. • If something should happen before your UniTaster starts that could prevent you from attending, you should contact the university where you have been allocated a place as soon as possible. It may be possible to sort out a way for you to attend, or even to offer you a place at another UniTaster. Please remember that the UniTasters are very popular and quickly become oversubscribed. Failure to inform anyone that you can no longer attend will prevent another student from having the chance to go. Each place is worth over £700 so we need to know if you can’t attend so we can offer the place to someone else. Students dropping out without warning has a significant impact on the programmes at the universities - the subject tasters and sports activities can be left with too few students and paid for accommodation left empty. If you don’t let us know that you won’t be attending and, worst of all, just don’t turn up when you have accepted a place, we do reserve the right to let your school or college know. Information for parents, guardians and carers • Eligibility and priority for UniTaster places have been decided by our funders, the Higher Education Funding Council. Detailed criteria have been supplied to teachers at your child’s school or college and they have identified your child as meeting them. • Please make sure you have checked that the dates of the UniTasters your child has selected in their application don’t clash with family holidays. Please also read and complete all sections of the parental / carer consent form which you will be provided with. Please then sign it to give your consent and to agree that the information your child has included in their application can be confidentially shared with Aimhigher, your child’s school or college and the Higher Education Funding Council.This information is to help us judge the success of the programme and is not used for any other purposes. • Your child will receive notification of whether they have (a) an offer or (b) a reserve offer of a UniTaster place by the end of April 2011 at the latest. 24
  26. 26. 25 Summer UniTasters Dictionary You may find yourself unfamiliar with some of the words used in this magazine and in the world of higher education, so here is a short guide to explain all the different terms. FE (Further Education) This is education which comes after your GCSEs (or equivalent), so from the age of 16.This can include A-S Levels,A-Levels, NationalVocational Qualifications (NVQs), BTEC qualifications, Foundation, Higher or Advanced Diplomas and could be in a school sixth form or in a Further Education or 6th Form College. HE (Higher Education) Higher Education follows on from FE and offers a range of advanced courses for those who wish to further their education and their prospects in the job market.They consist of Honours degrees, Foundation degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Certificates (HND, HNC) and Diplomas of Higher Education. They are normally undertaken from the ages of 18+.. University/Uni A place where you can study an HE course.You can also study for them at a Higher Education college or a specialist college and, in addition, many FE (Further Education) colleges also run HE courses. Undergraduate Means a student, usually aged between 18-21, who is currently studying for a degree. However, it’s also worth knowing that many adults over 21 also go to university. Campus This is where the university is situated and where you will spend most of your time learning. Halls/Halls of Residence Where students live in their first year at university, located on or near the university campus. Lecture One method used at universities to teach students.A lecture is when students assemble in a room and take notes on what their tutor says. Seminar Another method of university teaching. In a seminar, students get the chance to do the talking and become actively involved in the subject discussion.There are lots of other ways to learn too, including tutorials, laboratory work, field studies. Sometimes students work together on tasks, sometimes on their own. Students’ Union An organisation run by students for students. It consists of many services and facilities, including bars, restaurants, clubs and societies, and these are usually cheaper than similar service providers off campus.They also offer a variety of support services. Student Mentors/ These are current students who are studying at university, and who will be there alongside you during your entire stay at your Summer UniTaster.You can ask them anything about university and can be sure that they will give you an honest answer.
  27. 27. Timetable 26 Disclaimer: Please note that all information provided in this magazine is correct at the time of going to press.Programme details may,however,be subject to change. Summer UniTaster organisers and the Regional Coordinator will try to ensure that any changes are kept to a minimum and students will be notified of any changes.Please check our website for updates. (For full details on what each university is offering make sure you read their pages in this magazine before you make your choices) UniTaster University of Bath Bournemouth University with the Arts University College,Bournemouth University of Bristol University of Exeter University College Falmouth University College, Plymouth,St Mark and St John,UCP Marjon University of Plymouth The Royal Agricultural College Subjects on Offer The provisional programme (to be confirmed) includes Biology,Modern History,Psychology,Sport,Sociology, Mechanical Engineering,Drama and Chemical Engineering. Animation,Business and Law,Computing,Forensic Science, Healthcare,Leisure andTourism,Media,Model Making, Product Design,Sport. An introduction to Law,Philosophy,Physics,Earth Sciences, Neuroscience/ Medicine,Russian and English.Highlights include debates on the ethical aspects of euthanasia as well as hi-tech experiments in the University’s Medicine Department. The provisional programme currently includes Biology, Business,English,Drama,Law,Psychology,Humanities & Social Sciences,Languages,Maths,Engineering and Sports Science., Politics,Classics,Philosophy,Religious Studies. Creative Futures – Animation,Art,Design,Performance / Drama and Choreography,Media,Radio andTV Production, Photography Education and teacher training,Education with Sport and outdoor adventure,Education with ICT Media and Education with Drama. Marine Biology and FreshWater Ecology,Health & Social Care, Art and DesignTechnologies,Modern Languages,Marketing. A range of land-based study options,including agriculture, animal management and food systems,real estate and property,business and business management,equine science and business,land and estate agency, Dates Monday 11th July to Thursday 14th July 2011 Tuesday 5th July to Friday 8th July 2011 Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2011 Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July 2011 Week One:(SW05a) Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2010 or WeekTwo:(SW05b) Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July 2011 Monday 4th July toThursday 7th July 2011 Week One:(SW07a)Tuesday 5th July to Friday 8th July 2011 or WeekTwo:(SW07b)Tuesday 12th July to Friday 15th July 2011 Monday18th July to Friday 22nd July 2011 Code SW01 SW02 SW03 SW04 SW05a Or SW05b SW06 SW07a Or SW07b SW08
  28. 28. What’s involved? ExploreAgriculture – it includes crop production,mechanisation,organic farming and farming systems, animal and land management and science. Animal management explores the maintenance,production,welfare and food chain issues that go with managing farm animals.Food Systems investigates logistics,production and food markets.You’ll also explore health and diet,horticulture and‘field to plate’in the professional kitchen. Bournemouth - Based mainly around hand drawn animation,you’ll develop your drawing skills to design characters and create the illusion of 3D objects.Learn the principles of how things move to help you produce individual animations.Learn other animation skills including script writing and storyboarding,basic camera techniques,timing and movement. Falmouth - Spend a session in the Digital Animation studio,working on a short animation using computers,drawing and / or modelling clay. Falmouth –You’ll be working with Illustration,Graphics and Fine Art students during the week, covering things like sketch book work to sculpture! Plymouth - 3D Design / DesignTechnologies.Explore ideas,and create desirable objects.Look at different materials to see how they behave and learn about processes so you’ll know how to get things made in small batches.Develop your thinking and discover your strengths. Bath - Capture your own DNA and wear it!You can extract your own DNA using cheek cells and make a necklace with it in! Exeter – (Bioscience) BioTechnology – in the style of ‘Dragons Den’! Plan how a biotechnology company can exploit the latest advances in biosciences. Using a range of information sources, you’ll work with a number of biosciences students and then each group will present their idea to the ‘Dragons.’ Plymouth – Marine Biology & FreshWater Ecology.Explore biodiversity,ecosystems and wildlife conservation in Dartmoor National Park.Study marine life inWembury Bay.Groups of biologists visit the Bay from all over the world and it’s right on our doorstep! Bournemouth -The Business School offers three key areas of study:Business,Accounting and Finance and Law.A mix of business-simulation activities to give a real flavour of what it means to study at the Business School and of the opportunities available. Exeter - FairTrade & Global Markets. Explore whether ethical consumption is achievable in a global market place.An interactive session using a trading game. RAC - Business at the Royal Agricultural College relates to the land-based sector but applies to many areas.Get an overview of business topics through activities which replicate the university student experience.Try marketing,products,presentation and pitching to professionals,employability and careers,finance and accounting,reporting and research. Plymouth – Learn about the stages of New Product Development and have the chance to work for a large multinational in creating a new product.Based around a real piece of Undergraduate coursework on the BA Marketing degree,the workshop will prepare you to introduce your new product to the world,Dragon’s Den style! Staging GreekTragedy.After an illustrated introduction to tragedy in fifth-century BC Athens,you’ll explore how Aeschylus,Sophocles and Euripides present three different dramatisations on stage of the same mythological story.It’s the murder of Agamemnon and the revenge of his children,Electra and Orestes,on their mother! Bath – Use improvisation, manipulation of props and lyrics as a starting point. Use games to create short scenes.All you will need is your creative flare and a willingness to see beyond what’s in front of you. Exeter – Find out what studying Drama is like at university and how it differs from school and college; explore the theory and practice of theatre and how they complement each other.Workshops are interactive and you will get the chance to produce your own performance. Falmouth - Choreography andTheatre based workshops at UCF.An introduction to theTheatre and Choreography courses,with things like warm up games to beginners’yoga! UCP Marjon - Drama and the arts can be tools for major social change.We combine them with education to show you different ways in which drama can change peoples’outlook on life.Alongside drama technique classes there will be master classes and the development of a performance. At which UniTaster? Royal Agricultural College Royal Agricultural College Bournemouth (withThe Arts University College at Bournemouth) Falmouth Falmouth Plymouth Bath Exeter Plymouth Bournemouth Exeter Plymouth Royal Agricultural College (RAC) Exeter Bath Exeter Falmouth University College Plymouth, UCP Marjon Subject Agriculture Animal Management & Food Systems Animation Art / Design Technologies Biology / Bio-Sciences / Marine Biology and FreshWater Ecology Business / Business Management / Marketing Classics Drama / Performance 27 Subject IndexThis information is provided to help you choose your UniTaster. Please make sure you choose up to 4 UniTasters from the list on page 26
  29. 29. Vulcanology.Discover the wonders of volcanoes from one of our staff who makes a very close up study of them! Education is so much more than teaching.We look at education as a process,different ways of educating people,the impact of education in Global Development and the practical aspects of Primary teaching. Bath - Mechanical Engineering.Who needs to study aerodynamics when you’ve got paper aeroplanes? Trying and testing different aerodynamic concepts with carefully folded bits of scrap paper can provide us with a wealth of aerodynamic knowledge. Bath- Chemical Engineering -Take the Chemical Engineering challenges! Make a lipstick from scratch in 30 minutes.Solve a mystery with a bag of flour and a Smartie.Get your hands on some sludge. Exeter - Additive Layer Manufacturing.This will look at how engineering students at Exeter used “additive layer manufacturing”to create 3d designs in an unusual material - Chocolate! Bristol – Learn about the mysteries and themes of medieval literature and get the chance to learn some old English too! Exeter - Rewriting - An introduction to the art of rewriting with a discussion of its heritage in literature.Examine a modern rewriting of a classic fairy tale and think about the differences and similarities of the texts.Draw out the techniques employed by a writer.You can then do your own rewriting of a traditional piece of literature and present it. Equine Science covers equine business and its management,equine sports and welfare.Get an overview of these and explore a working polo yard and business.Look at the anatomy of a horse in practical science activities to discover horse behaviour,development and welfare. You’ll be coming up with designs with Graphics students to be used in screen printing onT-Shirts and bags,as well as“decorating”our Halls! Bournemouth –You can find out about the different careers in health and social care and undertake activities in the skill labs such as taking blood pressure. Plymouth - Hands-on Health! Listen to your own heart beat. Find out your blood pressure or body mass index. How much fat is in a pasty? Discover how difficult it is to communicate with only your eyes. Use medical equipment that health professionals use and discover more about the skills you need for jobs including nursing, dietetics, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and more. Bath - Find out about members of a real German student resistance group in the time of Hitler. Together you will build profiles of the members.You will then have the opportunity to discuss resistance in Nazi Germany and create your own resistance! Bath - People did not domesticate wolves into dogs;it was the other way around,wolves domesticated people.Our ancestors followed wolf packs to find food and our modern human society is now based on a similar social organisation to that of wolves.What do you think? Exeter – Ethnography in an hour! Get an idea of what it means to be a sociologist,carrying out research of your own. You’ll look at social scientific research methods, at ethnographic methods, and get the chance to try them out for yourself. Do a small piece of research with a partner and your results will help us discuss the pros and cons of these methods. How you would go about conducting an ethnographic study for real? UCP Marjon - ICTTechnology with education will see you using film equipment,video editing software,as well as planning and performing in a short film.Find out how you can use technology in the classroom The management of land,property and business,predominantly in the countryside.Subjects may include agriculture and farm management,woodland management,buildings construction,law, valuation and planning. Bristol – (Russian) Come and learn something new! Even those with no interest and experience of learning languages will know the Russian alphabet by the end of our one hour session. Exeter - (French) –You will need to have studied French GCSE.You will be able to express a point of view as well as have a better articulation and pronunciation of French.Learn some new words, describe yourself in French and write about different situations. (Russian)You will have the chance to learn some basic Russian vocabulary and be introduced to the Russian alphabet. Plymouth – Modern languages.Learn about studying languages at University.Meet some final-year languages students and learn about studying/living abroad and the advantages you can get from this in the job market.Find out about business and languages in the SouthWest and how languages are useful in the world of work.Learn about careers for someone with language skills. Bristol University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John,UCP Marjon Bath Exeter Bristol Exeter Royal Agricultural College Falmouth Bournemouth Plymouth Bath Bath Exeter University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John,UCP Marjon Royal Agricultural College Bristol Exeter Plymouth Earth Science Education Engineering / Mechanical Engineering English Equine Science & Business Graphic Design Health Care & Social Care./ SocialWork History Humanities & Social Sciences/ Sociology Information Computing Technology ICT/Media Land & Estate Agency Languages 28
  30. 30. 29 Bristol -‘The Death Debate’looks at the rights of young people,when they can make their own decisions about medical intervention and examines real life cases to give an insight into the ways in which courts work. Exeter - Ownership of Property.You will look at the development of the“neighbour”principle in the law of negligence and at a short problem relating to bullying at school.Look at the law relating to the division of property when a non-married couple split up and at problems which can arise from this. Students have introductory sessions on the subjects and get the opportunity to taste weird and wonderful food!! Climate related hazards and health risks.An interactive workshop introducing you to the prediction of climate related natural hazards and human health risks.How to make predictions using real-life climate data in R - a statistical computer language. Learn about the Physiology and Pharmacology behind being a doctor.Take part in practical experiments on heart rate and learn about the ways in which the human body copes with severe illness and injury. Discover how to use professional techniques to design and build models.You will learn how to sculpt in various mediums such as clay,wire,hard foam and plaster. Bristol - Examine problem solving from a philosophical view point,getting to the heart of what is behind this fast growing subject.Topics such as game theory and logic are looked at to determine the ways in which people think. Exeter - Look at the principle of moral responsibility and how our responsibilities might change in different circumstance.In small groups you can discuss different scenarios and we will try and come up with our own principles of moral responsibility. Learn how to use professional cameras in areas from natural history photography to fine art.You can keep these with you to document your experiences all week. The Physics of Ice cream lecture looks at the science behind making ice cream with liquid nitrogen,the effects on materials of being cooled to extreme temperatures quickly and many more fascinating uses of Physics. Consider what issues can be described as‘political’and look at the way in which choices need to be made by those in political leadership.Create your own election campaign and come up with party pledges to see what strategies are effective in getting votes and how to appeal to different groups of voters. Bath - Psychologists study mind and behaviour.An introduction to several aspects of psychology (and none of them are about people’s problems!).You will consider the role of memory in relation to eyewitness testimony. Exeter - Social & Economic Psychology.An introduction to some basic ideas in social and economic psychology,including a hands-on practical exercise.Analyse the results and show how they can be explained in terms of core social psychological theory. You’ll be working with video cameras for the whole week,making short films and completing a live broadcast from our industry standardTV studio. Explore the property market from residential to commercial and industrial,from rural to leisure or recreation.Learn about sales,lettings,development and management of properties,marketing, negotiation and the psychology of selling.Learn about language and pitching to potential markets,from rich celebrities to farmers and landowners! Christianity,the Bible and the Environmental Crisis.Is Christianity to blame for theWest’s destructive treatment of nature? Is humanity the most important thing on the planet with everything else there to serve it? Is there a positive message in the Bible for Christians to act as‘stewards of the Earth’? Bath - Sport and Exercise Science includes looking at how sports performance can be monitored and improved as well as the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy life.You will conduct and take part in some practical activities. Bournemouth - Students experience the sports labs and have the opportunity to use the machines and to test their fitness. Exeter -What is sports psychology? Learn about some psychological concepts and applications in sports science.Explore the underlying theories and then apply them by using basic psychological skills, such as mental imagery and relaxation. UCP Marjon - Look at sports as a way of developing skills and confidence.You will work as if you were trainee PETeachers and sessions will focus on coaching,sports theory and outdoor adventure. See how sports can develop self esteem,self discipline and enjoyment.Alongside this in the new multimillion pound sports centre you can use match analysis software to improve technique and understand match tactics. Bristol Exeter Bournemouth Exeter Bristol Bournemouth (withThe Arts University College at Bournemouth) Bristol Exeter Falmouth Bristol Exeter Bath Exeter Falmouth Royal Agricultural College Exeter Bath Bournemouth Exeter University College Plymouth, St Mark and St John,UCP Marjon Law Leisure /Tourism Maths Medicine / Neuroscience Model making Philosophy Photography Physics Politics Psychology Radio &TV Production Real Estate & Property Religious Studies / Theology Sports / Sports Science
  31. 31. Contact Us Answers to some of your questions may be found on our Frequently Asked Questions section, on pages 3- 4. However if you require further information, then please contact: Steve Furness Regional Coordinator Aimhigher South West Faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education Rm 3E33B University of the West of England Frenchay Campus Coldharbour Lane Bristol BS16 1QY Telephone: 0117 3283876 Fax: 0117 3282295 E-mail: Or visit: Acknowledgements The Regional Coordinator would like to thank all the Summer UniTaster organisers who contributed text and images to this prospectus. 30
  32. 32. Graphic Design Team 70001 UWE, BRISTOL F.10.10 Printing & Stationery Services get a taste of UNI this summer