Bristol pupils have a go at academic research as part of £150,000 uni project
A PIONEERING project aimed at getting Bristol school children involved in university research has been given the go-ahead thanks to a £150,000 grant.
Bristol University will join forces with more than 20 schools to educate pupils about the opportunities presented by higher education.
The initiative is being funded by Research Councils UK, which is investing £3.5 million in 12 projects across the country.
As part of the Bristol project, pupils could work alongside academics as co-researchers, while masters and PhD students may run activities for 11 year olds.
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The aim is to motivate young people, exciting them about research and encouraging them to raise their aspirations for further study.
Maggie Leggett, the university's head of public engagement, said: "The exciting thing for me about this bid is that it is a genuine partnership with the schools involved. Our partner schools came up with some really ambitious ideas that will put their students into the heart of the research process, giving them a hands-on understanding of what research is and open their minds to where further study can lead."
Backwell School and the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) are leading the project.
Claire Carter, assistant head teacher at CLF, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for our pupils that builds upon the excellent relationships we already enjoy with universities in this region."