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31 July 2008
Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show have been introduced to university life at Cardiff as part of an interactive exhibition.
More than 1,800 people, including the Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning & Skills, Jane Hutt, visited the exhibition, which represented Cardiff City and Capital of Learning Higher Education Roadshow.
Representing Cardiff University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, the roadshow’s mission is to support and encourage people from all backgrounds to gain a university education.
At the event, staff from the University’s Widening Access Team were on hand to give advice on routes into higher education, and to show people how to use the internet to gather information on courses, accommodation, tuition fees and financial support.
Annie Mitchell, Widening Access Manager said: "The roadshow's presence at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show is significant in that it offers access and a voice to groups of people outside our schools programme and this enables us to develop provision for specific groups of people. Our residential summer school for pupils with Aspergers Syndrome and the roadshow’s annual attendance at the Powys Young Carers Conference were set up in direct response to requests from visitors to the stand during show week."
At the exhibition, visitors of all ages took part in a packed programme of outreach activities aimed to break down barriers to participation in education and to raise awareness of the universities in Cardiff. Activities for young visitors included face-painting, giant connect four, and garden snakes and ladders. Older children took part in science-based activities and were able to find out how wind instruments work, why carbon-dioxide can make raisins dance, and the principles of human balance.
The roadshow programme recommences in September, and will visit hundreds of schools’ throughout Wales.
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