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UWL helps inspire creativity in young people with return of Saturday Club

Families outside Somerset House, home to the National Saturday Club end of year show

From this weekend, UWL will again be opening its doors to young people from across Ealing and neighbouring boroughs who want to pursue their passions in Art & Design and Technology & Engineering.

Running every Saturday for the next 20 weeks, Saturday Club consists of a mixture of practical workshops led by University staff, educational trips and master-classes from experts. The programme, which runs until February next year, aims to inspire young people aged 13 to 16 to build experiences to help them pursue careers in the creative and STEM industries. UWL is taking part in the scheme for the third year running.

The project is run in collaboration with the Sorrell Foundation, an organisation that was set up nearly 20 years ago by renowned British designers John and Frances Sorrell, with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people. Since then, the Foundation has worked with more than 100,000 young people through a series of projects, including the National Saturday Club, a network of Saturday Clubs across the country.

Participants will benefit from tuition in skills such as sketching and clothes-making from Art & Design experts, and learn about coding, aviation and architecture in the Technology and Engineering stream. The project culminates in the National Saturday Club end of year show at Somerset House in Central London which will showcase work created by participants on the course.

Students working creatively at the Saturday Club

Professor Anthony Woodman, Deputy Vice Chancellor at UWL, says: 'We’re delighted to be opening up our superb facilities and provide access to tuition from our expert staff through Saturday Club. Not only does the project help inspire and give confidence to young people starting to think about careers in the creative & STEM industries, but it also helps UWL continue to build strong links with industry and play an active and enriching role within the community. Well done to all involved.'  

Jenny Tait, Outreach Team Leader at UWL, adds: 'Saturday Club is a fantastic opportunity to explore STEM or creative subjects in a friendly environment with experienced UWL staff, experts from industry and local museums. Working with current students gives them an opportunity to find out about university from lots of different perspectives as well. It’s great seeing the Club members growing as individuals and bonding together as a group over the 20 weeks.'

For more information on Saturday Club, please visit https://saturday-club.org/.