9th June 2004





Residents in the West End of Lincoln will be encouraged to keep the noise down and respect their neighbours in a new campaign to be launched by the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union Co-operative.


West End school pupils were asked to come up with a logo for the ‘Shhhh Campaign’ which will be officially launched when students return to the university in September.


Signs featuring the logo with the slogan 'Shhhh... Be Sweet - Don't Wake The Street' will be displayed all over the West End and the campaign will also be promoted using postcards, stickers and lollies.


Schoolchildren from St Faith's Infants School and St Faith and St Martin's Junior School were asked to design a logo for the campaign and the winning designers received their prizes this morning (Wednesday).


Ben Kitchen (seven) won the first prize of an art set while he and the runners-up – Isobel Carson (seven) and Adam Forbes (nine) – all received £20 book tokens.


Organisations backing the campaign include the University of Lincoln, the university Students' Union Co-operative, the West End Residents’  Association, City of Lincoln Council, the Lincolnshire Echo and Lincolnshire Police.


“Throughout my time as Students' Union President I have recognised the genuine concerns of local residents about a tiny minority of students who perpetuate anti-social behaviour,” said Darius Laws, Students' Union Co-operative President.


“We decided to run a pro-active visual campaign to raise awareness of the need for people to be more respectful for those asleep in the early hours of the morning.


“Our decision to trial the campaign in the Carholme Ward of the city is clearly linked to the recent increase in student residents; however, this campaign is aimed at all residents who might be returning home late at night, and not simply students.”


Profesor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor at the university, added: "The ‘Shhhh Campaign’ is an initiative taken by students for the benefit of local residents. It is a clear demonstration of their commitment to the community in which they live while they are at university. I applaud the initiative and wish it every success."


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Caption (left to right): Nick Sandham, PR manager at the university, Ben Kitchen, Isobel Carson, Darius Laws, President of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union Co-operative, Adam Forbes and Ian Wiles, headteacher at St Faith’s Infants School


For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886625                         lbird@lincoln.ac.uk