This week eight Sidney students have taken time out from their Easter break to help encourage school pupils in the North West to consider higher education.

The students, many of whom come from the North Manchester and Lancashire areas, will be visiting schools to talk about their experiences of applying to and studying at university. In particular, they hope to dispel some of the myths about Cambridge, and show that the university is accessible to students from all backgrounds. Pupils in schools across Manchester, Oldham, Bolton, Bury and Wigan will hear why the Sidney students decided to apply to Cambridge, how they found the interview process, and what their daily life is now like.

This is the fourth year that the Sidney Access Bus has run, and the uptake from schools in the North West has been very enthusiastic. This year's trip was organised by Charlotte Wabe and Issy Marks, two second year students. They and their friends represent a diverse range of subjects, from Science and Engineering to English and Theology.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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