Students to hold conference for Lancaster sixth formers


November 21, 2019

Around 150 Lancaster teenagers will attend a new student-led conference at one of the city's universities tomorrow (November 22).

'Make a Difference' is for Year 12 Lancaster sixth form students and will focus on mental health, politics and environmental issues.

The event at the University of Cumbria campus in Lancaster has been organised by a small group of 17-20 year olds.

They are made up of Year 13 students from Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and Ripley St Thomas CofE Academy, along with second-year education students who started their degrees last year at the University of Cumbria.

The day will include a series of lectures and workshops led by experts in the three fields: Dr David Ellis (Lancaster University), Caroline Sharples (Lecturer in Science, University of Cumbria) and Mr Reynolds (Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Lancaster Royal Grammar).

Ellen, a year 13 student from the working group said: “The conference is not just about raising awareness of the issues but it is also about inspiring students and giving them the confidence to make a difference.

"When given the opportunity to organise a conference, we wanted to address matters relevant in the lives of our generation.”