Local sixth formers from an Eastleigh college delved into big societal issues helped by a local university.

A total of 14 Barton Peveril students recently presented their findings at Winchester University, with topics ranging from Shamina Begum to Covid-19.

The ten-week course had students research topics, conduct surveys, write reports and deliver presentations.

Five teams analysed varying issues including 'Artificial Organs – Saviour or Scourge of Modern Medicine?' and 'Shemima Begum'.

Others included 'Did Social Media Usage Change due to the Covid-19 Pandemic?' And 'The Effects of Video Games', and 'Fast Fashion'.

Pro-vice chancellor at Winchester University, Sam Jones said: "It has been great seeing the students grow in confidence over the course of the programme.

"They have picked up some great skills that will set them up well for their move into higher education and the workplace."

Following their presentations, the group responded eagerly to questions from panel members and an audience.

Rob Temple, principal of Barton Peveril, said: "This is a unique opportunity for Barton students to extend themselves, beyond the curriculum, and contemplate some of our most challenging societal, political and cultural issues."

Each student received a certificate marking completion of the course, benefitting their university applications.