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University challenges young perceptions Premium

22 October 2015 | by Joanna Moorhead

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For many children from poor backgrounds, the idea of getting a degree is completely alien. But, as Joanna Moorhead reports, a new scheme helps them to understand how it is within their grasp In a few weeks’ time a very special graduation ceremony will take place at Leeds Trinity University. In many ways it will be just like any other graduation: the jubilant scholars will be wearing bright red gowns and mortar boards; their parents will be beaming with pride. There will be speeches from the university chancellor and other academics, and then there will be the presentation of the degree certificates followed by lots of photos. But the thing that will be different is that the young people receiving degrees won’t be 21 or 22, as the majority of new graduates are. They will be ni




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