University of Leicester visits LAT secondary academies

University of Leicester visits LAT secondary academies


Presentation at The Leigh UTC

On Tuesday 5th December, Leigh Academies Trust was delighted to welcome Dan Flatt, Senior Student Recruitment Officer from Leicester University. During a busy day, Dan visited four LAT academies: Mascalls, The Leigh UTC , The Leigh and Strood to talk to students about the benefits of going to university.



Students from year 12 and some from year 11 listened intently to Dan’s comprehensive presentations. Topics included what is it like to study at university; will I meet new people; what skills will I develop; is it worth it; and will I get a job afterwards?

Strood Academy

Presentation at Strood Academy

Dan explained that students can choose from a diverse range of courses as there are over 40,000 different degree courses offered at over 350 institutions within the U.K. Many universities offer state of the art facilities in which to study.

He stressed the benefits of independent learning at this stage as well as opportunities such as a year out in industry, a year abroad or learning a language as part of a degree. Aspects such as where students live and the clubs and societies available were also discussed.

The skills gained from going to university were summarised as:

  • Time management
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Critical analysis
  • Research
  • Working under pressure

Companies who offer top graduate positions were included when discussing the typical higher graduate earnings in relation to non graduates.

Student finance was also explored including tuition fees, maintenance loans, loan repayments, bursaries, scholarships and weird and wonderful grants!


Presentation at the Leigh Academy


Feedback from students was excellent with comments including:

“He was very engaging and had many good points including his personal experience.”

“I appreciated the information on finances.”

“It was very helpful.”