The university’s annual Aiming for College Education (ACE) event aims to address some of the misconceptions younger school pupils have about university. It is designed to increase their awareness of higher education and offer them a feel for life as an undergraduate. The visit is also an opportunity to help them realise their potential and recognise that going to university is an achievable goal, thereby raising aspirations.

Now in its twentieth year, the event attracts year 9 pupils from over 40 schools across Hull and the East Riding. Current university students act as mentors to the younger pupils, working alongside them throughout a number of activities and educational challenges. Their input is also invaluable when sharing first-hand experiences of university life - experiences which the younger students may otherwise not have access to.

The day was a great success and left our students with plenty to think about. 

Trip leader Mrs Penny Rushworth commented: "Many students think that university is not for them, fearing they are not clever enough or rich enough to go. This day shows students that this is simply not true and that university is accessible to all."