4th August 2000

 

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY GOES ON TOUR

 

A visit to Lincoln in the spring by the Hull-based Children’s University was such a success that more schoolchildren are set to cross the Humber Bridge next week.

 

Forty pupils from the pioneering Children’s University visited the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside back in April for a tour and a day in the media production centre.

 

Next week forty more children will stay overnight in halls of residence in Lincoln, getting an even better taste of what university life is like for the thousands of students who enrol at ULH each year.

 

Eight primary schools in Hull will each send five pupils to the Lincoln campus for a two-day visit to the university. The visits will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday (8th and 9th August) and on Thursday and Friday (10th and 11th August) next week.

 

Besides touring the facilities, meeting staff and students and working on their own film projects for two days, the lucky pupils will also spend the night in en suite student rooms in the university’s student village.

 

“The last time we welcomed Children’s University pupils in the spring it was such a success that both sides were very keen to repeat the exercise,” commented Jacqueline Mayer, education liaison manager at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

“The pupils who come to Lincoln next week will be taking part in an exercise to improve their literacy, and we hope they will go away with a better idea of what university life could be like for them.”

 

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.

 

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend. For more information contact

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)