Solent University held a creative open day for local college students on Thursday, 28 January 2016.  A variety of sessions and workshops were held to give a taster of what uni life at Solent can offer.  Students from Bitterne Park, Itchen College, The Arnewood School, Bournemouth & Poole College and The Bishop of Winchester Academy attended the day.

Journalism taster sessions, broadcasting and creative workshops were on the agenda and students were able to have a go at designing and creating a magazine, reading the news and developing an advertising campaign. Students also got the chance to explore the university as well as the opportunity to speak to current students, lecturers and graduates.

18 year old Bitterne Park Media student, Adam Walters has aspirations to become a music journalist and is considering Solent for his studies. He said, “The day was really informative, giving me a good introduction to all  sides of media and journalism. I especially enjoyed being on camera and reading out the news feed. Overall, it was a great day and I’ve really enjoyed myself”.

Adam Walters
Bitterne Park student, Adam Walters

Organiser Miles Kendall, who is a Programme Group Leader in Features Journalism at Solent, said: “We had a fantastic response to our invitation to the colleges and had to put on two extra sessions to cater for around 200 students. There was a fantastic buzz on the day and the students were really engaged. As well as giving the students a feel for university life, it also allows us to tell them about all the school’s courses as well as initiatives such as Solent Creatives”.

Students have a go at reading the news
Students have a go at reading the news

The day was a huge success and Bitterne Park Media Studies coordinator, Mrs Rebecca King, summed up the day when she said: “It’s been a really successful day. It has engaging activities that have given the students a taste of what the university has to offer with key information about all the courses available”.

For more information on Solent Universities Taster Days, please visit Solent’s official website.