Summer program offers sneak peek at uni life

TASMANIA’S next generation of scientists, surgeons and solicitors converged on the University of Tasmania in January, getting an early taste of life on campus as part of the university’s new Summer College pilot program.

The four-day residential program was held at the Sandy Bay and Launceston campuses from 29 January to 1 February.

University Summer College is designed to provide an immersive experience of university study for students who are going into grade 12 this year, and are considering going on to university in 2020 and beyond.

About 20 students from schools across the state gave up part of their holidays to attend the program, which will also help them during the 2019 academic year.

Students had the opportunity to examine their study options, explore new subjects, do hands-on practical activities and sit in on mini-lectures and tutorial sessions, all while being supported by university student mentors.

Program coordinator Dr Jo Ingram said University Summer College gave potential future UTAS students an authentic study experience.

“It’s a unique opportunity for students to engage with like-minded peers in real-life university learning environments, and to be guided by the university’s inspiring researchers,” she said.

Professor Natalie Brown, director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, hopes the program encouraged participants to expand their educational horizons, and gave them the confidence to chase their academic dreams.

“The University Summer College allows young people to discover more about future study options and shows them that university can be an achievable step in their educational journey,” she said.

For more information on pathways to further education at the University of Tasmania, visit www.utas.edu.au.

Caption: Hellyer College grade 12 students Kaytlyn Johnson, Rachael Stitz and Taylah Williams studying Earth Sciences at UTAS in Sandy Bay as part of the University Summer College program.