One of the most popular Uni Connect activities over the past three years has been our annual trip to Liverpool. Combining the experience of living in student halls, getting to know two or three Liverpool universities, and exploring the city by day and night has been a formative experience for many of the learners who have taken part.
This summer, faced with trying to recreate this experience on-line was quite a challenge, but our Liverpool university contacts at Radio City, LIPA, Edgehill and Liverpool Universities came up trumps. At Carshalton Boys Sports College, the material we gathered was made available in a Google Classroom over four days.
On the first day participants got to explore five different universities through virtual tours and a welcome to Liverpool video filmed especially for us by Bauer Media based at Radio City. The second day participants had a choice of academic videos to watch which included a webinar on linguistics, music and dance videos and a student ambassador talking about student life in Liverpool. The third day participants were given introductions to various city attractions, including the World Museum and Tate Liverpool. On the fourth day participants were presented with a quiz. This included multiple choice questions testing the knowledge they had acquired, but also included questions about fairly obscure objects on display in the virtual tour of two of the museums.
Anushan Kanagarajah got every single question correct and won a £50 Amazon voucher which was presented to him by Lorna Ellis, the school’s Uni Connect coordinator. He said:
I really enjoyed how you can explore all these different universities in detail and how there is such a wide range of activities that suits everyone. I loved that the summer school did not only present the different universities but also showed what it is like to live in the city of Liverpool itself and its unique features.
We are really proud to be able to acknowledge Anushan’s achievement and wish him well in his studies in the sixth form.