Thirteen children of Abertay staff had a fantastic time at Bring Your Child To Work Day yesterday (28 April), getting a flavour of adult working life in a busy HE environment and having great fun into the bargain!
After a visit to their parents/guardians' workspaces first thing, the youngsters enjoyed a series of exciting presentations and activities including codebreaking, studying the difference between left- and right-handed, a forensics workshop, a look at the work of the Dundee Academy of Sport, and a speed-networking session including the Principal, the SA President and a variety of academic and support staff. The youngsters ranged from P6 to S2 in age, from 10 different schools across the region.
Head of Alumni and Development Carol Ann Smith, who organised the day, commented: "It was great to be part of ‘Bring a Child to Work Day’ at Abertay this year. As Harry’s mum, I am pleased to say that he (and the others), had a brilliant day.
"After a tour of their ‘adults’ workplace, a few intros and videos, they got down to some serious codebreaking, with Natalie Coull and Patsy dello Sterpaio. This was followed by a great session with the two Dundee Academy Sport, Iains (and free lunch at the Student Centre), then hand preferences with Lynn Wright and a good shot at being forensic scientists with Craig McKenzie. It was then down to the nitty-gritty of the speed-networking session, organised and facilitated by Jennifer Smith.
"I do hope we can make this an annual event. The Bring a Child to Work Day is a national initiative and it really is a fantastic vehicle for encouraging children to believe that they can be whatever they want to be. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase Abertay, our work and the various and varied roles – and it’s also great fun!"