Business School hosts successful outreach day with North Yorkshire School

A group of students from Richmond School and Sixth Form College experienced taster sessions for a range of undergraduate Business courses as part of the University of Leeds ‘Discovery Day' in January.

Organised through the Excellence Hub, a partnership between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, the Year 7 and 8 students were encouraged to think about how their core school subjects gave them the skills and foundations for higher education and provided an introduction to Business degrees at Leeds University Business School.

The students took part in a mix of taster sessions across various subjects, designed to be fun and interactive, enabling students to develop skills such as teamwork, communication and creative problem solving, and ultimately encourage them to consider the various pathways to success.

The first workshop focused on business finance and students had to solve a complex accounting problem in teams to calculate the net worth of an individual. The students were not only engaged throughout but came up with a solution that closely matched the model answer.

The students also completed a decision-making activity where they worked on a NASA survival challenge, using maths and statistics to analyse their individual and team results.

The day culminated with a campus tour of the University by student ambassador volunteers, who engaged with the students and provided an insight into studying at Leeds and university life.

Ms Mannion, Lead Teacher for Careers at Richmond School and Sixth Form College concluded:

It was a great insight into higher education for our students and an event linking curriculum subjects to careers which is a key aspect of our careers education programme. The students excelled in the tasks set and were a credit to Richmond School.

Read more about the event in Richmond School and Sixth Form College’s article.

Read the Northern Echo’s feature on the outreach day.