Teens get the chance to try university life at the UEA in Norwich

The Move On Up event at the UEA giving Year 10 students taster sessions. Amber Marshall, 15, from Or

The Move On Up event at the UEA giving Year 10 students taster sessions. Amber Marshall, 15, from Ormiston Denes Academy, with a Giant African land snail in the zoos and exotic species in captivity session. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Hundreds of teenagers have been finding out about student life at the UEA in Norwich.

Six hundred Year 10 pupils from 38 schools across Norfolk and north Suffolk were on campus to learn about the courses on offer at university, and to dispel myths about costs.

The Move On Up event was aimed at 14 and 15-year-olds from backgrounds or communities with little or no experience of higher education.

The aim was to raise aspirations and show that higher education was accessible and affordable to everyone.

Throughout the two-day event, students could choose from 27 workshops led by UEA and other higher education centres including Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Easton and Otley College and Anglia Ruskin University.

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Workshop choices included looking into crime and investigative studies by solving a crime scene and carrying out initial assessments of patients to explore healthcare careers.

The teenagers also took a tour around the campus, and heard about university life from current UEA students.

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Outreach officer Hannah Robinson, who organised the annual event, now in its 13th year, said it had been a huge success.

'The campus has been buzzing with young people eager to get involved,' she said.

'I feel we have put a lot of minds at rest about the cost of tuition fees and other fears about university, and also inspired many to consider their future education and career choices.

'We are lucky to have a lovely campus to host such an event as many of these young people have never been to a university before and can be intimidated.

'Our current student ambassadors are great role models and have been chatting all day about their experiences of student life.'

Have you set up an event to help teenagers find their path in life? Email reporter david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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