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MP brings top university reps to town to inspire Stourbridge students
12:18pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
MP Margot James brought representatives of some of the country’s top universities to town as part of a drive to raise the aspirations of Stourbridge schoolchildren.
The Conservative MP for Stourbridge hosted a universities outreach event at the Glasshouse Arts Centre on Thursday February 7 - which saw representatives from 17 universities and education groups meet with more than 300 students from Stourbridge Educational Trust (TSET) and their parents.
Teenagers pondering their futures had chance to pick up higher education prospectuses and chat to spokesmen from top universities including Oxford University, King’s College London, University of Birmingham, Durham University, Aston University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Cardiff University, University of York and a host of others.
Ms James also made a short speech urging students to set their sights high and aim for the best universities before a panel discussion with spokespeople including Richard Cooper, head of the Lloyds Banking Group Universities Programme.
The event, also attended by Student Loans Company and UCAS representatives, also included workshops on topics such as student finance, how to choose a course, the application process, student life and future careers.
Ms James said afterwards: “I was so pleased to host this event, which has hopefully encouraged local students to set their sights high and aspire to attend some of the best universities in the country.
“I am delighted we were able to attract so many Russell Group universities to Stourbridge, and it was great to see so many students and parents take advantage of this opportunity.
“I do hope those who attended found the evening useful, and that any local student who was starting to think about whether going to university was right for them was able to get the advice and information they needed to help make an informed decision.”