The outreach team, in collaboration with Shaping Futures - an outreach programme for the Liverpool City Region- and The Brilliant Club, a UK-wide university access charity, welcomed the Knowsley Parent Power group onto campus to experience Higher Education and university life.
Knowsley Parent Power is a group of proactive parents and carers wanting the best for their community and children, exploring the opportunities available to support them to achieve their future goals. Thirty parents and young people joined during the LJMU open day held on Saturday 18 November to learn more about accessing university and checking out the campus and subjects they are interested in. Notably, 70% of the young people who attended had never visited a University before.
When asked what they learnt from the trip, one Y10 student from Kirkby High shared “I learnt about all of the opportunities university gives me and the options that I have, so in the future I can choose the right path for me.”
A Y6 student from Willow Tree Primary School added: “I learnt how things work. I learnt that I could be what I want to be. I feel more confident.”
Peter Dolan, the Outreach Manager, said, "It was fantastic to open the doors to our visitors. This visit is part of a wider outreach strategy at LJMU to support local communities and schools, including those in Knowsley. We are committed to working more closely with parents, particularly those who don't necessarily have experience of university, so they can better understand what LJMU, and higher education has to offer them and their families."
For more information about the university's widening access outreach activity, visit their webpage: Outreach | Liverpool John Moores University (ljmu.ac.uk)