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UU inspires school children virtually

A variety of virtual talks have been specifically designed for Year 12, 13 and 14 pupils

ULSTER University has launched a series of virtual talks for secondary school pupils.

The idea is to let future applicants take part in career development conversations and find out more about university life.

UU visits more than 350 schools and meets 20,000 young people each year throughout Northern Ireland and border counties in the Republic.

However, with physical visits not possible due to school closures, it has embraced the online approach.

Beginning this week and continuing over the coming months, a variety of virtual talks have been designed for Year 12, 13 and 14 pupils.

Families are also being invited to take part to help them explore what UU has to offer, as well as receiving guidance on the next step in applications in these uncertain times.

The interactive sessions range from career advice in fields including computing, engineering and business, insights into the campus experience at Jordanstown, Belfast, Coleraine and Magee, and valuable information for parents about admissions and accommodation.

"We engage with future applicants each year by visiting schools and building relationships. Covid-19 has challenged this in the short term, so we have quickly adapted to offer a series of webinars though April and May," said Anthony McGrath, Head of Market Engagement.

"The extensive webinar programme starting this week will extend this further into May and June. These are testing times for everyone, but it certainly will not deter us from delivering a strong Ulster University message to our next intake of students."

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