A group of King's undergraduates has just visited 27 schools in North East England. The students ran Higher Education workshops in schools in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Hartlepool.
They shared their experiences of Higher Education, and Cambridge in particular, with pupils in years 9 and 10. They talked about university life and the opportunities on offer, and answered lots of questions.
This project, called the 'Access Bus', is an annual trip designed to raise aspirations amongst state school students. King's has formal links with schools in the North East through the Cambridge University Area Links Scheme.
This year's Access Bus group was made up of student volunteers in all four years of their undergraduate courses, studying a range of subjects. They were lead by Sarah and Mia, both in their third year.
"The difference our contact makes to these students is visible even within the one hour sessions," said Sarah, "it is a great way of dispelling discouraging myths and encouraging all to think about university."
As a current Access Officer for the King's College Student Union, Arran will be running the project next year. He said: "It was great to find out what year 10's think about the university I go to. I'm really looking forward to running the Access Bus next year and continuing to develop our approach and activities."
The group were accompanied by Admissions and Schools Liaison Officer, Kristy Guneratne, who will meet many of the pupils again when they are in sixth form to discuss applications to Cambridge and other top universities in more detail.
She said: "I am always very grateful to the local schools for welcoming the King's students so warmly and, of course, to the pupils themselves for engaging with us so openly.
"The current students at King's are extremely supportive of the next generations of students through a series of events and projects, and it is great to see how much secondary school pupils get out of meeting and working with them."