Pupils enjoy inspirational day at city university

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MORE than 100 South Yorkshire pupils and college students enjoyed a three-day exploration into the world of social sciences at Sheffield University.

The hands-on event gave the youngsters an insight into a range of subjects, including architecture, sociology, education, geography, East Asian studies and town and regional planning.

The aim was to give the young people a flavour of the fascinating research carried out in the city in the different fields through a series of innovative workshops.

The university’s Department of Politics challenged youngsters to put their debating skills to the test, discussing whether the UK’s voting age should be lowered.

Community artists Nicky Ward and Alex Hallowes helped students create an innovative sculpture inspired by their day, while experts from the Department of Geography took pupils on an exciting world tour through music.

Brandon Ogden, aged 13, from Rotherham’s Clifton Community Arts School, said: “I am really interested in politics and would like to get involved when I am older.

“I found the debate workshop really interesting and it was lots of fun. I fought to keep the age for voters the same because I don’t think people are mature enough to vote below the age of 18.

“I was shocked to discover how many subjects and disciplines are within social science. The event was brilliant and it was much more interesting than sitting in a classroom learning from text books.”

Youngsters were also given the opportunity to explore the university campus, from the iconic Arts Tower to the Information Commons Library which is open 24 hours a day.

Nikki Bailey, 12, from Clifton, added: “It has made me really eager to go to university. It looks so exciting and a great place to learn.

“I thought the music workshop was brilliant – I thought it was amazing that you can identify where certain types of music have come from in the world. I had no idea that geographers study music.”