Leeds West Academy

Experiencing Student life at Leeds University

On Thursday 25th January, 27 Year 10 students, accompanied by Miss Singleton, Miss Collins and Mr Hudson visited the University of Leeds for the day. The trip was organised in partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

The students had the chance to explore the campus, including halls of residence, the world-standard sports centre and The Refectory, which has hosted some of the greatest concerts in history.

They also learnt about the wide range of societies available to join in the Students’ Union and even invented their own societies such as ‘Open Mic: Expression Session’, ‘Sight-Seeing Society’ and ‘Picnic Society’.

A panel of current undergraduates answered students’ questions about university life before they listened to a talk about choosing the right A-Levels or Level 3 courses for their chosen career pathway.

The students enjoyed taking part in a physics lesson, which was based around the work of the CERN Hadron Collider. They used Lego bricks to represent three different types of quark to create different types of hadrons, such as protons and neutrons.

The physicist leading the session was extremely impressed with the students’ levels of engagements and was very proud that they had accessed a lesson that is usually taught to second-year undergraduates!

Miss Collins said: “The students represented Leeds West Academy perfectly and were already considering applying to study at the University of Leeds by lunch time! We hope that this trip will have helped to inspire these students to consider higher education and the many benefits that it can offer.”