Around 160 London teenagers are experiencing university life for a week as part of an innovative LSE HE summer school project.
This week and next (3 to 7, and 10 to 14 July) sixth form students from Waltham Forest and Hammersmith are taking part in LSE's first Higher Education Summer Schools.
They are learning about Finance, Risk, Citizenship, the Environment and New Media, and visiting banks and magistrates courts. More importantly, however, they finding out what opportunities are open to them at university, and building their confidence to apply.
Comments so far have included:
"We decided to come to LSE to further our knowledge on media. Also we wanted to learn about universities and the way they work...
We thought that the lecturers would have big beards and long moustaches and thick glasses...
Many of us are considering coming back to the LSE to pursue degrees in some of the courses on offer, as this summer school has proven a success as an example of university life...
[we] will definitely have an advantage over students who missed this opportunity of the summer school."
Contact Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on T: 020 7955 7582 for more details and to arrange interviews.
The LSE HE Summer Schools are part of the government's initiative for inner-city, year 11 and 12 students, announced in October. This aimed to help gifted and talented teenagers in inner city areas to achieve their full potential, to improve the attainment, motivation and self-esteem of these pupils, and to widen participation in higher education by under-represented social groups
Students were chosen on the basis of the greatest ability and potential to benefit. Co-ordinators have given priority to:
Pupils expected to achieve good A-levels or equivalent results.
Pupils who have not already decided that they want to go on to higher education.
Pupils neither of whose parents have experience of higher education
9 July 2000