Rosie’s an inspiration

Rosie Normanton, from Leigh, who has joined the University of Cambridge's student outreach team
Rosie Normanton, from Leigh, who has joined the University of Cambridge's student outreach team
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A STUDENT who won a place at one of the world’s most famous seats of learning is hoping to inspire young Wiganers to aim for the country’s biggest and best universities.

Former Winstanley College student Rosie Normanton is currently in her second year at the University of Cambridge and has joined the institution’s outreach team to encourage other talented young scholars from the borough to apply for Oxbridge.

Rosie, who attends Queen’s College and studies economics, has been picked as part of the CAMbassador team for this year and will take part in events including summer schools, open days and conferences, giving a personal view on what it is like to study at an elite, Russell Group university.

Rosie says she is also looking forward to dispelling a few myths about life at Cambridge which might deter students from applying, and to convincing teens from all walks of life that the UK’s top seats of learning can be the right place for them.

She said: “If you’re bright and interested in taking your studies further, it should be one of the first higher education institutions you consider. I am looking forward to challenging the misconceptions about what Cambridge University students are like, and inspiring students to apply.

“It’s really important for people to remember that, above all, the university is looking for those with academic potential and the ability to do well in the future.”

Rosie, who hails from Leigh, was inspired to apply to Cambridge after taking part in one of the summer schools hosted by the university each year.

She said: “This allowed me to get to know a group of current Cambridge students,and realise that people who study at Cambridge really are normal.”

The CAMbassadors team reach thousands of prospective Oxbridge students each year, appearing at events designed to raise aspirations and to encourage applications from young people in under-represented social groups or schools who have traditionally struggled with the Cambridge applications process.