UEL students expand the horizons of local school kids
Drama students reach out to local schools
By Lee Pinkerton
Drama students from the University of East London’s (UEL) School of Arts and Digital Industries, in collaboration with its Education and Community Partnerships (ECP) team, have been visiting four secondary schools in Barking and Dagenham.
The project was led by Dr. Martin Heaney, a senior lecturer in Applied Theatre, co-programme leader in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance, and Justine Wright partnerships manager of the ECP programme.
During the project, students respond to commissions from external organisations, so developing their employability skills.
Dr. Heaney said, “With this project we have created an opportunity for students that provides paid work and employability skills, as well as addressing a core priority of driving up recruitment in communities which still have low rates of access to higher education.”
UEL students involved from the Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance programme (DATP) included Bradley Flemming, Tinika Kirk, Rebecca Peard, Sarah Filgate, Hannah Kelly and Megan Gent. They visited Year 8 and 9 pupils at several schools in east London.
The tour co-ordinator, Chloe Thornton from ECP praised the students involved, and the impact they had.
She said, “For some of the pupils, this may have been their first chance to speak to a university student. They are now beginning to think about their futures, and may even be, for the very first time, considering continuing their education to university.
“They’ve been shown that university isn’t something that should be feared, but that it is open to everyone, regardless of your postcode, and that they shouldn’t let others hold them back from going after what they want. Helping them realise that, is invaluable.”