UP for Juniors Ten Year Anniversary Screening

56421-1As you may know, 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the UP for Juniors team and their outreach work with local primary schools.

To celebrate their achievements, on 12 July, pupils from local schools came together in Eldon Building with their families, teachers and University staff to screen a special ten year anniversary show. The show was created by pupils from ARK Dickens, Arundel Court, Gatcombe Park, Woodcroft and Orchard Lea Junior School, supervised by CCI staff in the TV studios in the new White Swan building. The show will also feature on the UP for Juniors website www.upforjuniors.org.uk and on the Big Screen in the Guildhall Square later in the year.

Over one hundred people attended the screening and celebration which was arranged as a thank you to all those who help to make UP for Juniors events a success. The show, which was on the theme of ten, featured an interview with Chancellor Sandi Toksvig on what she wanted to be when she was ten. Sandi said ‘I mainly wanted to be eleven’ but also talked about wanting to help people and make them laugh. The children were also interviewed about their aspirations which included ‘making money for my family’ and ‘studying to become a Marine Biologist’.

Nikki Chester, Recruitment and Outreach Officer, introduced Student Ambassador Amy Morgan, who, as a child, was one of the first children to take part in UP for Juniors. Amy said, ‘I was the first in my family to go to University. UP for Juniors helped me to understand what it was like to go to University and encouraged me to think that is was for me.’ Nikki also said, ‘several of our current Student Ambassadors took part in UP for Juniors as children and that helped influence their decision to come to the University of Portsmouth. We also see ex-Student Ambassadors who have gone back to primary school – not to learn but as local teachers!’

Anne Burrill, Deputy Director of Marketing at the University, gave a short speech saying ‘We have a great deal of success with the scheme, in terms of awards and national recognition from the Government and other bodies but more importantly in the level of enjoyment and participation and satisfaction from, at a rough estimate, the 30,000 children we have had the pleasure of working with over the last decade.’

The screening was well received by the children, their families, teachers and University staff. One teacher commented that the whole experience for the children of taking part in making the show and the screening had a ‘positive impact, aspirational and creative’ and said ‘great job as always, thank you!’

Could your department be part of UP for Juniors aspiration raising work? Could you offer a subject specific workshop in any of our local primary schools, or an on-campus workshop in your subject? If so, we would love to hear from you. To get involved, please email Lucy Milner or Nikki Chester at upforjuniors@port.ac.uk.

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