On Thursday 1st October, a Business Breakfast was held to launch Castlebrae’s partnership with Stirling University. James Donald, our Community Learning Development worker, explains the rationale behind this innovative collaboration:
The partnership between CCHS and University of Stirling started on Thursday 1st October with an informal breakfast with Tracey Kerr (Widening Participation Manager from Stirling Uni), Student Ambassadors from the University and the parents and carers of the eleven Castlebrae S2 students involved. This provided an opportunity for Tracey to give an overview of the forthcoming programme of events which have been specifically tailored for Castlebrae.
One of the reasons CCHS has partnered the University of Stirling is due to its track record in attracting first generation students. Around 67% of its students are the first in their families to attend University and as a result Stirling has established unrivalled levels of support for its students.
The programme of events over 2015/16 are as follows:
Visit 1. To take place after the October break – the students will visit Stirling for the day and discover the University Campus by taking part in a treasure hunt. The group would be divided in two and each group would be assigned a Stirling Student Ambassador who will guide the pupils around the campus.
Visit 2. The second visit will take place in January 2016. The morning of the visit will involve our students attending bespoke lectures from 3 different subjects; sport, photo journalism and a Maths with Lego lecture (all 3 lectures would be taster sessions specifically designed for the S2s). In the afternoon our students will be guided by various representatives of the Student Union.
Visit 3. This will again involve our students choosing subjects and then being offered a flavour of a lecture by various departments. A Student Ambassador would then guide our students around the campus and give them an insight into student life. An overnight stay at the University is also being planned.