School of Construction Management and Engineering encourages college students to realise their potential

Bracknell and Wokingham College StudentsOn Wednesday 18th December the School of Construction Management and Engineering (SCME) at the University of Reading played host to construction students from Bracknell & Wokingham College. The purpose of the visit was to enlighten students and inform them of the variety of construction careers that university education can equip them for, and to showcase construction courses for which SCME is world-renowned. The visit was timely, coming less than a month away from the UCAS application deadline.

Dr Tabarak Ballal, Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Dr Carol Jewell, Research Fellow hosted the visit, gave presentations and responded to the various questions posed by the visitors. The college students were delighted to be given the opportunity to create instant design outlines in the state-of-the-art Building Information Modelling (BIM) computer lounge. They also visited the newly refurbished impressive facilities in the Main Library at Whiteknights campus.

During the visit they met with students James Roche, Shaun Nile, and Stephanie Schippers, two of whom studied at Bracknell & Wokingham College. The visiting students much appreciated the valued input from current SCME students who gave up their own time during the Christmas break to talk about life at the University.

The visit was a success in terms of building confidence in the prospective students, and in demonstrating what SCME has to offer. Bracknell & Wokingham College construction tutor Philip Jewell was delighted at the impact the trip had on his students:

"It has shown the students that progression to university is a possibility for them and not just an opportunity for 'others'. Our alumni students being able to come along and talk about their experiences helped to reinforce this view.

"It will undoubtedly help to motivate our students to achieve their potential and reassess their career possibilities".

This was certainly borne out by the comments of the college students in attendance:

"Prior to the trip I lacked the self-confidence and understanding of whether or not I would be able to go to university, but after the trip I found myself much more motivated when I saw what I could one day potentially have." (Francis Fisher)

"I really enjoyed the trip to Reading University, the lecturers and staff there are all so friendly and welcoming. The students, Shaun, James and Stephanie, gave us a real insight into the life and work of a university student, the work hours, the lectures and the social aspects were all discussed." (Rob Dew)

"Before the visit I wasn't really considering going to university but after the information I received I am definitely considering university as potential route for me." (Lewis Griggs)

Dr Ballal emphasises the importance of such visits: "SCME is very keen to continue fostering relations with schools and colleges in our local community. We see these visits as great opportunities to reach out and connect with youngsters. It is important that bright pupils from all backgrounds realise the limitless potential that a university education has to offer."

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