University careers day is  “car crash”

A careers day with a twist…

Drunk driving, illegal driving, witness statements and arrests – all in a day’s work at the University of Northampton

Around 200 secondary school students from across Northamptonshire were invited to witness the immediate after effects of a simulated crash, including seeing those involved (played by students from the University’s acting course) being ‘cut out’ of the car by real-life members of Fire and Rescue.

University acting students play their part in university careers day,

University acting students play their part in university careers day,

The aim was for the school students to get an in depth look at career options on offer at university, options they might not be aware of, and to challenge the perceptions they might hold about certain professions.

Through a series of workshops with university lecturers, some of which utilised ‘witness’ statements, the students looked at the roles various professions play in working with those involved in a crash – including giving care and support afterwards.

The workshops included:

  • Health and Social Care  - looking at post traumatic stress disorder
  • Paramedic Science - focusing on emergency health care at the scene
  • Criminal Justice and Policing  - students looked at forensics and incident scene management
  • Journalism  - students took turns operating TV cameras and interviewed accident 'victims'
  • Human Bioscience focusing on blood group matching and DNA fingerprinting.

Tina Casey, a teacher at Abbeyfield, one of the visiting schools, said: “The students loved the hands-on approach of the workshops they attended. They liked having the opportunity to ask questions about the courses and the university in general. The day has inspired them to aim high!”

The event was organised by the University’s Changemaker Pathways team, with funding attached to the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), through the Office for Students. This aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get into higher education.