25th February 2002




School children will be learning how to make radio programmes under a new scheme to be launched this week by the University of Lincoln.


Pupils from the City of Lincoln Community College and Ancaster High School will be at the Brayford Pool campus on Wednesday and Thursday (27th and 28th February) for an intensive training course with staff and students from the university radio station, SIREN FM.


The aim is for the pupils to produce their own half-hour radio programmes, which will be broadcast by the station every Saturday morning for three weeks when SIREN FM goes on air in May.


The scheme is being supported by Lincolnshire County Council. “The intention is to install radio equipment into the schools to allow pupils to work on their programmes between now and May,” says station manager Emma Carrick.


“Six pupils from each school will undergo an intensive training course and will then return to school giving them the opportunity to work with their peers to develop ideas.  The programmes will then be broadcast every Saturday morning between 8th and 28th May.”


Dr Cheryle Berry, Director of Education and Cultural Services at Lincolnshire County Council, and Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, will both be on hand throughout Wednesday.


“Not only will the scheme provide a tremendous experience for the school pupils, it will also benefit our own Media Production students, who will be acting as mentors and producers as part of their third-year research and development work,” said Bryan Rudd, senior lecturer in Media Production and SIREN FM co-patron.


“This is a step towards having an all-year-round community radio station and if we’re successful in that aim then we will need to involve as many schools, groups and individuals in the community as possible.”


Pupils from the Usher Primary School will be taking their training course on 13th and 14th March.


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

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk