More than 900 students from schools and colleges across the Bristol area have ‘graduated’ from a unique scheme which gives them an insight into studying at university.
The Access to Bristol course, run by the University of Bristol, is designed to encourage and inspire pupils who might not otherwise consider going onto higher education.
A total of 925 local students, all studying for their A-levels or an equivalent qualification, have completed the programme this year.
The scheme for high-achieving students from more than 80 different state schools and colleges offers participants a guaranteed place or interview at the University of Bristol, should they later decide to apply for a place and meet the entry requirements. Many graduating students are also eligible for a bursary.
Lucy Collins, head of UK student recruitment at the University of Bristol, said: “The young people should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“The scheme is about giving students an exciting and challenging experience and, for many students, it helps them to make that final decision about the subject they wish to study and see that university is a viable option.
“We hope this will be the start of their relationship with the University and that we’ll see many of them back in the Great Hall, graduating from their chosen degree programme in years to come.”
In the style of a traditional graduation ceremony, family and friends gathered in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building as students were presented with their certificates, as well as speeches and official photographs.
The University of Bristol has run Access to Bristol since 2006. In that time, around 3,500 students have completed the course and more than 500 have gone onto study at the university.
Applications for the 2019/20 scheme will open in September 2019. For more information, visit www.bristol.ac.uk/study/outreach/post-16/access
Main photo by Bhagesh Sachania Photography