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“The benefits of the Flying Start programme were that it introduced us to the basic principles of the course and allowed us to work on skills that, as future scientists, are fundamental to our careers. It also enabled us to establish a good foundation for learning for this course. The health and safety test educated us on the general rules and regulations of working in the labs which was useful as the course does involve practical work in the laboratories for subjects such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We were also able to broaden our team work skills through the presentation as this helped us not only become confident working alongside others but to also produce a successful piece of work. Another example is that we were guided on how to produce and write up lab reports, which was important as a large percentage of marks from modules are based on the lab reports.”

Flying Start student

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“The benefit of this programme was that it allowed students to become familiar with the course lecturers, academic skills tutors and other fellow students. Therefore, students already had a support network in place before the course had even started, leading to students being more comfortable and having a more active and engaging approach to their learning. Moreover, the Flying Start programme equipped students with how to use and make the most of the facilities that are at their disposal, for example the Library. In addition, these two weeks have also given students the motivation and encouragement to be focused by showing how students can achieve their desired endpoint by being dedicated and open-minded.”

Flying Start student

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“The programme has made the University feel welcoming. It brought the students on the course closer together and there was not one point where I felt that I did not belong here. The activities we carried out were uplifting and allowed us to settle in whilst having fun at the same time. I participated in all the activities and felt they have benefited me. The programme has developed my ability to work more productively and work well within a team. In effect it boosts one’s confidence allowing one to be more engaged in class and on campus.”