26th February 2021
A Level students from NCSG were treated to a really informative talk by Keele University Vice Chancellor, Trevor McMillan on Wednesday 24 February. Trevor took time out to share his personal journey through education and talked about his career within the Higher Education sector.
Trevor spoke about the university sector and how Keele University has been involved in the fight against Covid-19 using it’s renowned researchers to drive change. Trevor explained the differences in the types of universities and the role they play in society. Explaining about Keele’s significant input into supporting the vaccine programme and the NHS overall was so insightful along with a fascinating update on the university’s sustainability programme.
Students had the opportunity to ask Trevor questions about his experiences of education and how he predicts university life will look post Covid-19. Questions included;
How are does Keele plan to tackle the broken education of the current Year 10-13s?
Following the pandemic is distance learning the future? Is there a now a need to live on campus?
Do you feel that Universities are value for money?
What were the best and worst aspects of being educated in a Comprehensive School?
What is the biggest deciding factor in choosing a university in your opinion?
Commenting on how he sees the Higher Education sector adapting after Covid-19, Trevor said, “I think that there may be more blended learning in the future as it offers flexibility to studying, which is particularly attractive for those who work alongside studying, for example or for those who live a distance away from the university.
Face-to-face social interaction is still an important part of university life and living on campus and living away from home is a major pull for many students, so I do believe there will be a combination of both ways of learning.”
Thank you again Trevor for joining us and giving such an insightful look into university life.