12th July 2004

 

ANIMAL ANTICS AT RISEHOLME PARK

 

School pupils from across the country have descended upon the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture this week to get their first taste of university.

 

Around 34 year 11 pupils from schools as far as Newcastle and Somerset are attending the higher education summer school which is arranged by the University of Lincoln in conjunction with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

 

This is the first specialist summer school at the university for students interested in animal science and behaviour.

 

During the week the pupils will be split into groups at Riseholme park to complete different research projects on animal behaviour.

 

The pupils, who will be staying in the student residences at Riseholme, will also get to experience all aspects of university life and a team of degree students will be on hand to give them help and advice throughout the week.

 

Raft building, abseiling, an evening at the university’s sports centre and a field trip to Whisby Nature Reserve are just some of the activities which have been organised to keep the group occupied.

 

The week will end with a formal dinner and disco on Thursday night.  The pupils will then depart on Friday (16th July) after they have presented the findings of their research projects.

 

“We are one of the few universities that are recognised as international experts in animal behaviour and welfare,” said Professor Stephen Hall, Head of Biological Sciences.  “Hopefully the pupils will go away from the university and consider higher education whereas they might not have done before. 

 

“The week is also about getting to know other students who are interested in the same subject area and experiencing all aspects of university life.”

 

For more information contact:

Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886625                                   lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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