The University of Northampton played host to the Northamptonshire Children's University Graduation Ceremonies, which took place at the Park Campus on Thursday, 9th July 2015. The young people received certificates for their participation in learning activities outside of the normal school curriculum.
The Children's University is part of the University's schools engagement offering and has partnered with schools throughout the county to celebrate learning participation through supplementary schools, after-school clubs, sports clubs, arts clubs and tourist attractions for 5 to 14 year olds.
Each child that joins the scheme receives a Passport to Learning to record their learning hours and once they complete a minimum of 30 hours, they are invited to an Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. To encourage children to progress, the scheme also offers a Postgraduate level (430 to 800 hours) and a Doctorate level (830 to 1,000 hours).
Tim Hodey, Children's University Lead at the University of Northampton commented: "The Children's University is about motivating children and having fun with learning. By bringing children onto the University campus and giving them the opportunity to celebrate their achievements whilst wearing the Children's University graduation gowns; it helps to raise their aspirations and open their eyes to new ways of learning, whatever your age."