PUPILS in Swindon have been encouraged to apply to the country’s top universities.

Will Fenwick, schools liaison and outreach officer for Cambridge University’s Robinson College, has given a talk to pupils in Swindon UTC, New College, Swindon Academy and Dorcan Academy about the benefit of higher education.

He explained: “My role is to increase awareness and promote the fantastic opportunities offered by Cambridge and Oxford

“The college offers taster days for groups of students, which have really opened pupils’ eyes on what they could achieve.

The Council’s Routes to Employment team is trying to inspire young people to apply to university, through a range of initiatives and partnerships.

Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for children and school attainment, said: “This outreach from Robinson College is very welcome.

“I would like to encourage more Swindon schools to get engaged and challenge pupils to apply for Cambridge, Oxford and the Russell Group universities so more of our most able students go on to the top universities and realise their undoubted potential.”