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Freshers’ Fair 2018

Date Posted: 14/09/2018 | Posted In: Latest news

Students from QE were able to find out about the range of extra-curricular activities available, in addition to volunteering opportunities, when they visited the annual Freshers’ Fair. The event, attended by local charities, organisations and services, provided students with the opportunity to enhance their employability skills by registering to volunteer within the local community or participate in the College’s enrichment programme.

Ali Ions, who represented World Challenge, comments: ‘It was great to meet students who are eager to step out of their comfort zone and get involved in World Challenge. This year’s expedition will see students travel to Uzbekistan and install a water pump to provide fresh, running water for rural villages and communities. Our next expedition, to Botswana in 2020, features a rhino conservation project, giving students the chance to make a real difference to the future of this wonderful animal’. Ben Scott, from Durham Constabulary, adds: ‘All of the students we spoke to were interested in what we do in the local area and were very forthcoming with questions. It’s extremely encouraging to see so many young people wanting to know more about crime and safety in the local area’.

Nicola Naisbett, Learning Leader for Employability at QE concludes: ‘The event was a huge success. Students were positive and enthusiastic about what was on offer and they have been able to sign up to experiences that will enhance their skillset and learning beyond that of the curriculum. We have also been able to raise awareness of the fantastic work done by our local charities’.