Higher Education Event ‘enlightening’
The annual main Higher Education event for Hertfordshire took place on July 3rd and 4th. Organised by Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, this year's convention took place at the College Lane Campus of the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.
The rain did not dampen enthusiasm!
Attendance for the biggest careers event in the county grows annually, and this year was no exception. Some 9,000 students from 100 schools and colleges across Hertfordshire visited this year.
Youth Connexions staff provided careers advice Attendees tasted student life
A record 140 exhibitors provided first hand information – representing all the major Higher Education institutions and the Armed Forces, and there was a Disability Advice stand. Careers guidance staff were on hand to give expert advice about learning pathways, and talks were given on topics ranging from specific subjects of study to choosing a course, student life and finances and taking a gap year.
Lauren, a student of Mount Grace School, Potters Bar said “It’s been enlightening”, and Gill Davies, her Director of Sixth Form, added “The HEC is hugely valuable. It gives us a chance to catch up with each other about our thinking about HE and then to evaluate what the students think.”
Luke, a student at Herts & Essex High School commented “I know which course I want to do but had no preference where I did it. I’ve now chosen my favourites” -he held up a bag stuffed full of prospectuses – “and will decide with my parents. It’s been very useful.”
Daniel who is currently studying at Yavneh College in Borehamwood, said
“It’s clear where to go and there’s a wide range of courses. I like that the lecturers are so approachable.”
The event enabled a good mutual understanding between UCAS and teaching staff too: A. King who was representing UCAS Progress said “It’s been busier here than at other similar events I’ve attended. It’s been useful from an awareness viewpoint - I’ve gained some valuable insights from the teachers I’ve spoken to.”
Paul Pytches, Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Mount Grace School added “We use the event as our trigger to start the UCAS application process online.”
Jo Roy, Youth Connexions Personal Adviser who was a speaker on one of the many topics covered said “Despite the weather students were enthusiastic and keen to get information. Over the two days 299 young people attended our talk on How to choose your course”.
UCAS will be sending evaluation forms out to teachers/tutors who attended the event.