2nd July 2002




Stop press! Kids from across the county will get to be journalists for the day when they visit the University of Lincoln next week.


And they’ll be getting expert help and advice from the professionals, including reporters from the Lincolnshire Echo and the BBC.


Over 200 pupils from eight Lincolnshire schools will be at the Brayford Pool campus on Wednesday and Thursday (10th and 11th July) to mark the end of this year’s involvement in the university’s ‘Aiming Higher’ project.


The year 10 pupils have been participating in a range of activities designed to encourage them to consider university life as an option when they leave school.


Next week they will spend time working in the media and newsroom facilities on campus and posting articles and photographs on a special web site hosted by the BBC to experience being a undergraduate student for the day.


“The pupils are going to be getting access to the facilities here and we’re going to try to give them even more experience of what university life is like,” explained Catherine Foster, Aiming Higher project officer at the University of Lincoln.


“We hope to get them used to the atmosphere, to break down some of the perceived barriers which prevent them from considering a university education and to encourage them to raise their aspirations.”


Taking part in the ‘summer show’ will be over 200 pupils from the following schools:

Wednesday: City of Lincoln Community College, Gleed Boys’ School (Spalding), St Bede’s RC School (Boston), The St Guthlac School (Crowland). Thursday: Cordeaux School (Louth), George Farmer Technology College (Holbeach), Ancaster High School (Lincoln), Lafford High School (Billinghay).


The pupils will be working with Media Production staff from the university as well as Nick May, editor of the student newspaper The Defender, Andy Farrant of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Mel West from the Lincolnshire Echo and the BBCi team.


The students’ work will be posted live at: www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/future_media


For more information and/or photographs please contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

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