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Mystery game aimed at enticing students
TEENAGERS turned detectives as they uncovered a ‘dead body’ at a special event at Oxford University.
Murder in the Cloisters, part of an initiative to introduce teenagers to the university, took place in Pembroke College’s North Quad. Pictured are, left to right, Jake Atkinson, Lara Curtin, Samantha Lawson and Darius Smith. Picture: OX51364 Jon Lewis
The amateur sleuths, including 10 young carers from Oxfordshire, were invited to a special event aimed at giving prospective students a taste of university life.
As part of the activity, the pupils each became a suspect when a student was found dead at Pembroke College.
The ‘murder’ gave youngsters a chance to try out skills such as forensic science and ancient Greek, as well as challenging the teens to stay vigilant as they saw suspects around college and at a formal dinner.
Darius Smith and Lara Curtin were among those taking part.
Darius, 13, a pupil at The Cooper School in Bicester, said: “It’s been fun and funny and I have seen lots of different things.”
And Lara, 13, who goes to St Gregory the Great School in Oxford, said: “It has been very entertaining.
“I have learned a lot about what it’s like to stay in one of the colleges in terms of the rooms and the environment.”