Primary School Activities
Pre-Entry Activities with Primary Schools (DEIS schools only)
Professor Fluffy is a model designed by the University of Liverpool to widen participation in third level education in disadvantaged areas. The approach aims to with with primary school teachers in Cork City DEIS schools, to inform primary school children in 5th Class about the educational opportunities available to them. The programme uses the Professor Fluffy and Friends characters to raise awareness of the impact of education on improving career and life opportunities, and fosters and understanding of the concept of choice.
The earlier a child thinks about the future, and the earlier they set their goals high, the more likely they are to achieve them. By showing primary age children what higher education is, we can give them something to aim for. It also shows them that higher education and education is not all about subjects that you study in school; it can also be about your hobbies-: music, drama, dance or sports. By introducing primary children to higher education in a fun way we are helping them to see that higher education could be a choice for them.
The Professor Fluffy project has been customised for use by University College Cork and is called The Professor Fluffy Education Adventure. The project aims to:-
Raise awareness of further and higher education to children in primary schools in areas of low participation;
Enhance the cultural capital of participants;
Raise aspirations of young people;
Link students with local young people as role models;
Raise awareness of the concept of choice;
Raise awareness of further and higher education at primary school level;
Empower young people with a knowledge and vocabulary of Higher Education (e.g. “campus”, “degree”, “lecture”, “graduation”, etc.); and
Raise the aspirations not only of the individual young people but of their families, through the active participation of parents/guardians.
Primary School Visits to Campus
For the past two years UCC PLUS+ have hosted a "Design a Boomark Competition" for World Book day with our participating Cork-city DEIS primary schools, winning prizes such as UCC Campus visits, Mardyke Arena trips and picnics among other activities. For Non-DEIS schools interested in a campus visit please contact UCC's Visitor Centre .