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The Sutton Trust’s only Summer School in Scotland will once again run at the University of St Andrews this year.

The school, designed to encourage and support young people in their ambitions to higher education, is in its fourth year at St Andrews. Around 70 pupils from all over Scotland have been selected to participate in the scheme, which runs from 3-8 July 2005.

The Summer School is aimed at those who come from backgrounds with traditionally lower entry to higher education. This includes people from families with no history of attending university and those attending schools with low progression rates to higher education.

Jointly funded by the University of St Andrews and the Sutton Trust, the Summer School will offer those attending a taste of what life is really like as a university student. The would-be students (who will be in S6 upon their return to school in August) will study two subjects from a wide range across the University’s schools. Subjects available are Geoscience, Chemistry, Computer Science, Management, Biology, History, Physics, Maths, English, Classics and Psychology. In some cases, there will be lab or fieldwork as well as lectures and, in addition to the core subjects, all participants will be given advice on key skills needed at university, such as essay writing and note taking. The busy timetable is intended to reflect that of a first year undergraduate.

In order to get a complete taste for life as a student, the youngsters will stay in halls of residence, in common with first year students at St Andrews, giving them the opportunity to bond and form friendships as all groups of new students do. Social activities will be provided every evening of the week, and postgraduate and undergraduate students are employed to assist with all aspects of the Summer School.

The Sutton Trust supports several other such events in the UK (with institutions including the universities of Cambridge and Bristol), but St Andrews is the only Scottish institution involved.

Stan Farrow, Director of the Access Centre at the University of St Andrews said, “We are delighted with the response to the Summer School this year. Over the past four years, interest in the Sutton Trust Summer School has grown immensely and this year we have had more applicants than ever before. The support from the Sutton Trust has been invaluable in helping us give a taste of ivy league university education to so many deserving youngsters.”

For further information, please contact Sarah Morrison, Access Development Officer, University of St Andrews, Access Centre, 66 North Street, St Andrews – telephone 01334 462279 or email access@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to St Salvator’s Quad, North Street, St Andrews at 4.30pm on Thursday 7 July 2005 when this year’s intake will gather for a group photograph.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For further information, contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer on 01334 462529, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: Sutton trust 2005.doc View the latest University press releases at http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk

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