Dundee school pupils celebrate achievements at Abertay15 April 2014
Pupils from Braeview Academy attended an awards ceremony at Abertay University last night (Monday, April 14), to celebrate what they had achieved during the 'Supporting Able Pupils' initiative.
Now in its sixth year, Supporting Able Pupils is a three-month mentoring scheme run by Abertay that gives school children a taste of what life is like at university.
The pupils work on a project under the guidance of a student mentor, and develop independent research, study and team-working skills in the process.
The projects are on topics of the pupils' own choice, and this year the subjects included fashion, favourite celebrities, time travel, ancient and medieval warfare, and Sony.
During the three-months, the pupils were taught critical thinking skills and how to carry out independent research.
They also received coaching in presentation skills ahead of an event in March where they had to present their research findings and answer questions about what they had learnt.
Last night's ceremony was a chance for the pupils to celebrate their achievements with their mentors, teachers and families.
Speaking about the scheme, Rona Whittet from Abertay University said:
"We've been running the Supporting Able Pupils project with Braeview Academy for six years now, and it's wonderful to see how much the pupils get out of it.
"The idea of going to university can be a bit daunting when you're at school, so this initiative helps bridge the gap by giving the pupils an opportunity to carry out independent research - which is an essential skill for any student - and by giving them someone to talk to who can advise them on their projects, and give them an insight into university life.
"The hope is that the experience of working with our student mentors will inspire the pupils to think that they too could be a student one day, to get them thinking about the types of jobs they would like to have, and to encourage them to think about continuing with their education at university when they finish school."
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