The Realising Aspirations Finale 2019

8 April 2019

The Realising Aspirations Finale 2019, marks the end of the programme for this academic year. 

Hundreds of students have completed the programme which aims to give them the opportunity to try university before they leave college. Students choose a particular strand that interests them the most. Within this strand they are able to attend seminars and lectures from leading professors in their field, to gain a greater understanding of the subject.

This years seminars included 'Phantom Pain' with Dr Clifford Richardson of Manchester University, 'Crime, vulnerability & early intervention' with Dr. Christine Hough of UCLAN, 'Did fire kill Bambi?' with Dr. Peter Thomas of Keele University and 'Photography, Art and Fashion' with Richard Higginbottom of Huddersfield University.

As well as attending seminars, students also visit universities across the country. They are able to explore the facilities, find out more about university life and try out workshops in their chosen field. 

Principal Anton McGrath congratulated the students on their tremendous achievement in completing Realising Aspirations. Student voluntarily take part in the programme, attending seminars after college in the evenings and travelling across the country on trips, all while maintaining great attendance and achieving high grades.

Sean Williamson from Chester University delivered a talk on Student Finance, ensuring students have all of the information they need regarding the practicalities of university. He reassured students that finance should not be a barrier to education. 

The Realising Aspirations programme ensures that students have the ability to make informed decisions. Often university can be a mystery to many students and Ashton Sixth Form College are working to break down the barriers and give students the freedom to decide their own futures.

Each student who has completed the programme received a certificate during the Finale Presentation. A tremendous testament to their hardwork and dedication. 


Find out more about the Realising Aspirations programme here

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