One of the UK’s top Universities is reaching out to Suffolk in a bid to discover the next generation of top historians.
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) feels that Suffolk has a hidden pool of talent that they are keen to encourage.
As part of this mission, they visited One to talk to potential future graduates.
Current undergraduates from QMUL also came along to offer One students advice in filling in UCAS forms, creating personal statements whilst giving them a flavour of what life is like in London.
Patrick Higgins is the director of admissions for the school of History at QMUL. He said, “At the moment, participation rates for those studying History from Suffolk at our University are very low. The students that we have had have been of an exceptional calibre so we are obviously keen to encourage more of them to the University.”
“This project has been funded by HEFCE – The Higher Education Funding Council for England and we have a number of similar projects in other departments. So far a group of eight Suffolk students came to our University last year and got a feel for what we do and how we do it.
“During this visit we have brought some of our current students down to Suffolk to develop our links even further both with One and the county in general.”
Jenny Moore, teacher of history at One, said, “We went to the University last year on a study trip and our students got to meet historians whose books they were studying like Dr Tom Asbridge. They also attended seminars by the historian, radio and TV presenter - Professor Amanda Vickery. And now our students received free advice about filling in UCAS forms and writing personal statements. All of this is funded. Why would we not want to give our students free access to these experiences?”
“QMUL is a Russel Group University (one of the top Universities in the UK) and they have reached out to us and we are very grateful for that. Some of our year two students have already expressed an interest in going next year. And we have more plans to work together in the future.”
One student who is considering going to QMUL next year is 17 year old Emma Lewis from Sudbury. She said, “London excites me and it’s been good getting this support today. I got a glimpse of what life studying History in London is all about and this is now definitely going to be one of my top University choices.”
Sam Bennett, is currently studying at QMUL and he talked to One students about his experiences. He said, “The best thing about the University is that you can step outside into one of the world’s best cities and then step back in to the quietness of the campus. It’s a perfect mix of both worlds.”