The UCAS cycle is in full swing and offers are already starting to come in, and it has been especially gratifying to see the number of Old Salopians taking part in the OS Uni Rep programme reach and grow beyond 200.
The scheme, which connects current pupils looking at their options with Old Salopians studying their prospective courses at their possible universities, was launched last year and has already had a positive impact in helping Salopians to make informed decisions.
Head of Higher Education Toby Percival commented:
“I am incredibly grateful to the more than 200 Old Salopians who have been so willing to offer advice to the next generation. With on-campus activities like Open Days cancelled for this year, it is all the more important for our pupils to gain first-hand and relevant experience, so that they can make confident choices. I have also enjoyed hearing about universities from a student’s perspective in a series of online discussions with OS, which has enabled me to keep up to date with the latest information.”
Jenny, one of the OS Uni Reps, added:
“Reflecting back to when I was looking into university options, I would have found it really helpful to speak to a former pupil at the institutions that were of interest to me, to gain more insight into what life was like there, and obtain finer detail about what the courses involved. Though some of this information can be obtained through visits, online and through attending open days, having the opportunity to speak to someone of a similar age is really valuable”.
Though the Futures and Salopian Club’s tour of universities has been put on hold for the time being, it is reassuring that the concept of ‘Shrewsbury for Life’ is very much alive.