28th March 2000

 

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY GOES ON THE ROAD

 

Pupils from the pioneering Children’s University in Hull will make a trip to Lincoln this week and next to experience life at a real university.

 

Twenty children from Fifth Avenue Primary School will visit the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside on Saturday (1st April 2000), while the following Saturday twenty more pupils from Endike Primary School will make the same trip.

 

The pupils will be given a talk about life at university and a tour of the campus, but the highlight of their day will be the opportunity to make their own TV programme in the university’s Media Production Centre.

 

“Universities must seem daunting to children who are still at primary school,” said Jacqueline Mayer, education liaison manager at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. “We want to show these pupils that higher education can be fun as well as hard work, and if we can inspire them to go on to university in later life then that will be a fantastic achievement.”

 

The Children’s University is an innovative scheme which seeks to raise standards of literacy and numeracy among Hull’s schoolchildren.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is closely involved with the project. It runs a special Children’s University mentoring course at its Cottingham Road campus, and eighteen of its students already work voluntarily as mentors, visiting schools and helping children with literacy and other skills.

 

The school visits to Lincoln on 1st and 8th April will begin at 10am and finish at 2pm.

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk