Huddersfield New College has revealed that its fortnightly lecture series, delivered as part of the College’s Aspire programme, is being delivered virtually to ensure that students can continue to experience a wide range of inspirational speakers and topics during a ‘new normal.’
Aspire is HNC’s support for students with the academic potential to secure places at world leading universities. The programme includes an Oxbridge support package, and a fortnightly lecture series to build students’ cultural capital, and help them explore the wide range of opportunities available to them – including careers and programmes of higher education study they may not have considered before.
Usually the College’s onsite Lecture Theatre welcomes renowned speakers including guests from universities. However, HNC is ensuring that students don’t miss out due to current restrictions, and students are currently accessing a virtual programme with online lectures being hosted every two weeks.
In addition to expanding students’ horizons, the lectures are a fantastic source of inspiration for topics for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which enables students to gain an additional qualification and the research skills to support their future.
Students on the programme can expect some exciting lecture topics coming up including ‘Personality, Pictures and the Post Synaptic Potential’, ‘Abu Kasem’s Slippers – Understanding Dreams and Myths’, ‘Astro-Sociology: Why Does it Seem Like we are Alone?' amongst information sessions on the College’s Oxbridge pathway, and thinking ahead when applying to Russell Group universities.
Scott Townshend, Aspire Programme Lead comments: “Although the ‘new normal’ means we have to deliver our lecture series slightly differently at the moment, we are absolutely determined that our young people will enjoy the same inspirational experience. The lecture series helps to build the cultural capital of our students by giving them the opportunity to hear from dynamic speakers who may not necessarily be linked to their current study programme – often then inspiring them to choose a fascinating topic linked to a lecture for their EPQ or even to consider a different course of study at university! We do of course hope to be able to welcome speakers once again to our Lecture Theatre soon, but until it is safe to do so, we will continue to ensure our students receive a high quality package of support and inspiration that will help them to stand out from the crowd when applying for world leading universities.”