We had talks from three different speakers for the event on 4th July.
The day began with a UK Marketing and Recruitment officer from City University of London, Andy Cotterill. He gave a slide presentation which explained what Universities are looking for, from students applying to join their courses. This was very informative follow up to the previous day’s work on UCAS from the student’s point of view. He emphasized the importance of the Personal Statement saying that students need to show passion for their subject, commitment and a real determination to study. He said that students must fulfil the entry requirements and reach good marks in their chosen subjects. It is also important to show that you have other interests, such as charity work and part time employment. He said that students should ensure they draft and redraft their statements several times to make them perfect and ask a trusted person to check them for content, spelling and grammar.
After lunch we were entertained by Umesh Perera, a local entrepreneur, who also uses his character and expertise to help young people prevent knife crime, through organizing football teams. He went on to speak about his Esports tournaments on computers and how our students could get involved. Umesh was excellent in the way he persuaded our students to tell him their interests, both in sports and other things, while he thought up ideas for them to take part. He is hoping that one of the play offs for a tournament can be held at the college.
The last session was a broadcast via Skype to us from Aberystwyth University by one of their lecturers, Amanda Claire.
She spoke to us about Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. She started by showing us pictures of 25 different things, such as a dolphin, a fridge freezer, a bee, a chess playing computer, a washing machine and asking us to write them down and then discuss and decide which was the most intelligent.
She described the work of Alan Turing who is now called the ‘Father of modern computing’. In the Second World War he invented a computing machine called the Enigma which could break the enemy’s codes and shortened the war by two years. She explained how the first computers were huge, but in the course of the last 70 years they have become smaller and smaller until they can fit your pocket. She pointed out that humans in laboratories are gradually being replaced by machines, computers and other forms of artificial intelligence. She described how they are building a ‘Rover’ at Aberystwyth, a robot that can be sent to explore planets.
We are very grateful to all three speakers and we look forward to working with them again in the future.