Lancing launched its University Ambassador programme on 16 September. Twelve young OLs, most of them in their second year at university, came back to Lancing to speak to 137 Upper Sixth Form pupils about their UCAS experience and give a flavour of life as a student. Ambassadors represented Warwick, Exeter, Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Oxford Brookes, Bristol, Royal Agricultural University, Sheffield, UCL and Leeds. The enthusiastic OLs enjoyed sharing their tips for a successful UCAS application and advice for a fulfilling social life at university. Current pupils were keen to find out about the different societies and sports that were on offer, as well as inside information about the university town. Ambassadors also came with a wealth of information about their university courses: History, Law, English Literature, Biochemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Publishing Media and Real Estate, giving pupils much food for thought.
The pupils were engaged in small group discussions with the Ambassadors and found the afternoon especially helpful prior to submitting their UCAS applications in the next couple of months.
OL Edmund Carter (Second’s 2012-2017), who studies History at UCL, said: ‘I was delighted to be able to thank Lancing for all their help during my time at school by participating in the University Ambassador scheme. I firmly believe that the insights and lived experiences that the ambassadors can provide will be invaluable as the students make applications to their chosen universities. The real engagement of the students was a testament to the school and themselves. I wish them all the best with their applications.’
Sixth Form pupils said: 'I really enjoyed meeting all of the OLs. All of the speakers were so encouraging and I got some really good advice on applying to university' and 'a really great afternoon, I got so many tips on my application'.
Lancing College prides itself on its extensive support for pupils as they prepare to leave Lancing and also ensuring that former pupils (OLs) stay in touch with each other and the school over time. The University Ambassador programme aims to help our Upper Sixth pupils to consider their options upon leaving Lancing, as well as to settle into university life.
If you are currently at university and interested in becoming an Ambassador, please contact Natacha Skelton, Foundation Manager at email@example.com