Hackney teenager gets the lowdown on life at Cambridge University as part of shadowing scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:50 10 February 2014




A Hackney teenager has been trying out life as a Cambridge undergraduate as part of a shadowing scheme.

Hannah Abban, 17, who is a pupil at Mossbourne Community Academy in Downs Park Road, was one of 360 participants to take part in the 2014 Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) shadowing scheme.

This involved teaming up with a student from Clare College at the university, attending lectures, supervisions, and social events.

Miss Abban, who hopes to study English Literature at university, said: “Being a shadow has certainly changed my perceptions of Cambridge.

“Before coming I thought Cambridge might be inaccessible to people like me. But I’ve learnt that Cambridge has lots of bursaries available and most students here attended state schools, like me.”

Sam Ruiz, access officer for CUSU and one of the organisers of this year’s scheme, said: “The Shadowing Scheme gives bright students from state schools the chance to experience university life, and really helps to break down the myths surrounding Cambridge.

“We know that some students may be put off applying to Cambridge by misconceptions and negative stereotypes, while others just may not have considered Cambridge or Higher Education as viable options at all.

“We hope the experience students like Hannah get from the Shadowing Scheme will help them to make informed choices about their options post-sixth-form.”

The scheme aims to give bright young people from non-university backgrounds the opportunity to experience life at a top university.

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