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Get To Know Enrichment Officers: Polly Alcorn

Posted 16 October 2014

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Our academic experts have designed a range of enrichment activities to enhance your studies at Oxford. They benefit students by developing subject knowledge and skills by providing valuable (and enjoyable) experiences outside the curriculum, and finally by promoting a higher level of thinking and allowing you to discover abilities you might not knew you had. We spoke to enrichment officer Polly Alcorn about why it is so important.

Our academic experts have designed a range of enrichment activities to enhance your studies at Oxford. They benefit students by developing subject knowledge and skills by providing valuable (and enjoyable) experiences outside the curriculum, and finally by promoting a higher level of thinking and allowing you to discover abilities you might not knew you had. We spoke to enrichment officer Polly Alcorn about why it is so important.

What’s your name and what do you do?
I’m Polly Alcorn the new Enrichment Officer for Bellerbys Oxford. I co-ordinate and organise the enrichment programme for our students.

Can you explain what Bellerbys enrichment is?
The enrichment programme aims to offer students more opportunities and experiences which support academic studies. Students will get the opportunity to hear from guest speakers relevant to their studies, attend workshops and learn new skills, go on day trips and visit European cities.

Why is enrichment important for students?
Enrichment is important as it can help students to develop the skills that universities are looking for in candidates such as critical thinking and debating skills. We have a broad range of key skills which will be delivered by top Universities in preparation for their successful progression.  It is also important that we can provide additional learning and knowledge from outside the classroom environment.

What’s your favourite thing about the enrichment programme?

I’m really looking forward to the programme coming alive, for the last 4 months we have been working hard on creating it, it will be great to see and hear what students have learnt when they return from a trip.

It’s a really exciting programme we have guest speakers from Lords to political groups such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace. Local Artists who are going to be running practical workshops on product design and set design and even a former ‘Apprentice ‘  winner coming to talk to our students. We have some exciting trips, from team building activity weekends to a trip to Warner Brothers Studio and a tour of the Harry Potter set and a trip to a European city. There will also be lots of opportunities for our students to visit local galleries, museums and theatres. Our Law students will have the opportunity to visit local law courts and the Houses of Parliament as well as much more.

How will the enrichment programme benefit students?

The enrichment programme has a variety of activities relevant to a students learning which will inform their studies and also build on personal and key skills. We hope that the new programme will enrich learning, enhance experience and engage students in more.

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