31st January 2002




Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education, will officially open the Brayford Science Centre at the University of Lincoln on Monday (4th February).


The £5.5 million laboratory building is the latest addition to the Brayford Pool campus, housing the university’s Biological Sciences facilities (including Forensic Science) and food research activities.


Margaret Hodge will spend half a day being briefed by senior staff at the university on restructuring and collaboration in higher education and on the university’s drive to widen participation in HE.


She will also hear about the work of the International Institute for Educational Leadership, which was recently awarded top marks (24 out of 24) in a teaching quality inspection, and visit the university’s sports centre.


The opening of the Brayford Science Centre will take place between 11.50am and 12.25pm, when Margaret Hodge will unveil a commemorative plaque.


A further photo opportunity will be provided between 11.30am and 11.50am, when Mrs Hodge will drop in on an advertising project involving pupils from the Peele School in Long Sutton (seminar room 8, main building).


“The university is pleased to welcome back Margaret Hodge after her visit last January when she was Equal Opportunities Minister,” commented university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“We are in the midst of an exciting period of change and we are sure that Mrs Hodge will take a close interest in our plans for restructuring and improving access.”


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Reporters will have an opportunity to interview the Minister at around 12.30pm.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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