Here are some nice things that people have said about fruni, and our pilot project The Best of Bristol Lectures:
Support from organisations
Being able to borrow inspirational teaching from free range universities will increase the impact of our work to widen access to pupils from low participation schools. Fruni offers a great opportunity for us to give our pupils a taste of the university experience.
Jonny Sobczyk, Founder and CEO, The Brilliant Club
The Free Range University concept builds on the huge success of the Best of Bristol lectures and takes it far and wide. We are very pleased and proud to support the initiative.
David Alder, Director of Communications and Marketing, the University of Bristol
'Fruni offers a great opportunity for universities to engage with their students, improve their student experience and put the student voice at the heart of their outreach work. We think the free range university model will commend itself to many universities across the UK.'
Anthony McClaran, CEO, QAA
I really like the idea. Bristol has always had a peculiar embarrassment about celebrating and displaying what is good, so I fully support this.
Professor Nick Lieven, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, Bristol University
Fruni is one of the most exciting and potentially powerful initiatives I have come across for the promotion of high quality HE teaching and learning with school students and the wider community. I look forward to my students taking advantage of this innovative opportunity and I am confident others schools will too.
Melanie Warnes Headteacher/NLEThe Castle School
Our organisation, IntoUniversity, is very interested in forming a partnership with fruni to provide some of our students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to experience inspirational teaching and to be introduced to higher level education from the UKs best lecturers.
Rachel Carr, CEO IntoUniversity
The Best of Bristol Lectures has been a great way for our students to celebrate inspirational teaching. It gives all students access to the university's most valuable teaching resources. Empowering students to get the most out of their time at university is something we fully support. We would highly recommend this idea to other Student Unions.
Max Wakefield, Vice President: Community, University of Bristol Students' Union
Support from students, graduates and others
I am studying medicine but have a passion for Physics and English literature and think that this would be highly beneficial to me as a person and make me a better Doctor later in life. Please support this fantastic idea that will enrich all students that take part.
I went to a load of different lectures in my first year as an undergrad engineer. I ended up leaving my engineering course and switching to psychology having heard some interesting lectures there. This changed my life course totally and I'm now training to be a social worker and loving it!
My masters degree was enriched by attending lectures which were hosted by departments other than my own. This is exactly what university should be about in my opinion. Those students who do not have the opportunity to find out about and expand their mind and interests by attending academic activities in other departments are, frankly, being let down.
I am a fourth year medical student and much as I love my subject I am aware that I'm becoming increasingly blinkered. It's always enjoyable to hear enthusiastic speakers talk about their subject with no agenda other than to impart what they believe to be intrinsically interesting.
I really like the sound of this idea. A bit too much. Please email me with as much information as possible so I can tell both my friends.
What an inspiring initiative! A great way of breaking down departmental barriers and encouraging lateral thinking. If brought to fruition, a great asset to this university!
I already 'sneak' into lectures I'm 'not supposed to' attend. This has greatly enriched my time at university and has helped inform the specialisation choices I have made through my degree and of wider goings on in academia. Setting something like this up would help cultivate and support a culture of learning for learning's sake amongst students and help offset the dominant view of learning held by students as 'box ticking' for a CV or career.
I wholeheartedly support this idea!
I think this is a brilliant idea and may help to combat 'I'm not getting enough for my money' type comments. I'd definitely be interested in going to lectures of different subjects. (I do English and so only have three hours of lectures a week).
Great idea - this is what learning and academia are all about!
I too snuck into lectures I wasn't supposed to be in when I was an undergraduate. The most disappointing element of the British education system is the requirement to specialise starting at a worryingly young age with GCSE choices. I'd love to see the university encouraging a broader perspective.
This would be a wonderful thing and would help create a sense that the university is proud of its lecturers.
As a mature student the idea of 'putting a toe' into the University as a whole was at the top of my agenda when I began. This would be wonderful!
Ruth, Mature Student
I'm very glad to see that people are pursuing something like this. Enforcing the idea that the university is an institution where people can be educated, broaden their horizons and express themselves freely. Thank you.
I can't stress enough how wonderful an idea I think this is. Firstly it would support students who already show an interest in all/many fields of academia and allow them to attend lectures on other subjects without having to sneak in and secondly I believe it would encourage students who are interested but haven't yet felt it worth making the extra effort for fear of rejection. My only regret is not having come up with the idea myself.
My daughters are both at University one doing chemistry one English. They both enthuse about their best lectures and I am so jealous (I'm a French & law graduate now solicitor). If they could attend their friends' best lectures. their education would be enriched greatly. (Can I come?)
Sara, A Uni Mum
I think it's almost vital to experience other subjects at university. They actively encourage participation in sports and other clubs but why not aspects of the other subjects. There's plenty of people who go to university and are torn between subjects to begin with and would actually love to learn more about their non-degree subjects.
I think it's a great idea to open up access to ideas, knowledge and information to enable students to broaden their horizons and discover new interesting things. Also a very attractive and progressive thing to promote to new applicants. Very very keen.
This is the best idea I have heard in ages. More and more it seems people talk of their university education as becoming some impersonal affair, but this would just be the most perfect gesture to quash that.