An annual event to help sixth form students learn more about life after school will go ahead thanks to support from local students.
The Higher Education Fair, now in its 34th year, is normally attended by representatives from more than 70 universities and colleges, but this year that is not possible due to border restrictions. Instead, 50 Manx student delegates have volunteered to man the stalls.
Francesca Warren, a former King Williams College student, and Caitlin Allinson formerly of Ramsey Grammar School set up the social media site 'Manx Uni-Verse' to help connect current and prospective students and provide information and peer support.
‘It is an opportunity for students to get honest and authentic opinions from our amazing Manx Uni-verse student representatives, which will hopefully help Year 12s finalise their UCAS decisions. We are really grateful to Richard Karran, Gill Kirk, Adrienne Burnett and the Ballakermeen team for being so encouraging in organising this event.’
‘We set up Manx Uni-Verse to help year 12 students make the most informed decisions they can about university. Having a physical fair is a fantastic opportunity for everyone looking at going to university, and we could not have done it without the incredible support of the Department for Education, Sport and Culture.’
Students looking to stay on the Island will also be able to learn about the courses available at University College Isle of Man, as well as local training schemes and work opportunities at at Ballakermeen High School on Thursday 23 July.
Adrienne Burnett, Headteacher at Ballakermeen High School, said:
‘It is great to see the community coming together to help our current Year 12 students. Many of them are taking the day off work and missing out on pay to help the event go ahead. Their efforts are a tremendous demonstration of the resilience of our younger generation.’
A time slot has been allocated to each secondary school throughout the day with additional lunch time slot made available for parents.
The event will be held from 9.30am-1pm in the Sixth Form Centre at Ballakermeen High School.