12th July 2002

 

A TASTE OF UNIVERSITY

 

Year 11 pupils from across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire will be descending on the University of Lincoln this weekend to get their first taste of university.

 

Around seventy pupils from schools in Rotherham, Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Hull will be attending the higher education summer school scheme which is arranged by the university in conjunction with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

The scheme, which was initiated by the Department for Education and Skills as part of its Excellence Challenge programme, has now been running for three years and aims to widen participation in higher education for under-represented social groups from low income backgrounds and to help them achieve their potential.

 

All expenses for the week - including catering, accommodation, tuition and travel – are funded by HEFCE.

 

The pupils will arrive on the afternoon of Sunday 14th July and will begin their week with a number of ice-breaking activities followed by an evening of dance and drum workshop. 

 

The sessions organised for the pupils during the week will give the students a taste of each course area taught at the university from forensics to fashion. 

 

Ice-skating, theatre, bowling and the cinema are just some of the evening activities which have been organised to keep the group occupied.

 

The pupils will depart on Friday afternoon (19th July) after they have given short presentations about their university experience.

 

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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