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University Roadshow to visit 90 Northern Ireland schools

The University Roadshow was first launched in September 2016

UNIVERSITIES are to visit schools to provide answers to pupils' questions, alleviate fears and highlight a wide range of post A-level study opportunities.

The University Roadshow was first launched in September 2016, visiting more than 70 schools. This year it expects to tour 90 or more.

Julie Richardson, head of careers in Ballyclare High School and chair of the Northern Ireland Schools and Colleges Careers Association, said pupils and parents who attended last year's events found them to be very useful.

"They particularly enjoyed being able to talk to the university reps attending as this added an extra dimension to the event. I really appreciate the efforts of the roadshow team (ER&M) for creating such a great atmosphere and organising this successful event," she said.

Roadshow director, Stephanie McCann, said the sessions would provide valuable information to sixth formers.

Each will be attended by a representative sample of universities from: Scotland, England, Wales, the Republic and other parts of the EU.

Universities attending include: St Andrews, Salford, Dundee, Staffordshire, Sunderland, Harper Adams, St Mary's Twickenham, Cumbria, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Stirling, Swansea and Southampton.

"As well as providing students with the opportunity to speak to representatives from a wide range of universities we also aim to provide young people with the best advice possible to enable them to make informed decisions about their future careers," she said.

"We will of course be advising them on traditional matters such as: the application process, tuition fees, student loans etc, but we will also be making them aware that their working lives are likely to be fundamentally different from those of their parents and grandparents."

The University Roadshow will be visiting schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland in the coming months. To arrange a visit to your school or for further information please contact the ER&M office on 028 2076 2949 or email: Stephanie McCann, stephanie@erandm.co.uk.

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