22nd July 05

 

PUPILS INVESTIGATE HUMAN REMAINS AT RISEHOLME

 

The remains of a body have been dug up at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus.

 

54 year 10 pupils from 13 schools within the Lincolnshire Coastal Academy taking part in an annual week long summer school have been investigating a mock murder as part of a forensic science day.

 

The scenario involved freshly buried human bones dug up by a dalmatian out on exercise with its owner. The students had to investigate the evidence found at the scene using techniques such as fingerprint analysis and soil classification to establish the perpetrator’s identity.  

 

The summer school part-funded by the European Social Fund is aimed at encouraging youngsters to start considering going to university and give them a taste of the degree courses on offer at Lincoln.

 

As well as Forensic Science the pupils have spent the week learning about Psychology, Health Studies and Animal and Equine Science.

 

Professor Stephen Hall, who co-ordinated the summer school, said: "Degrees in sciences such as Psychology and Forensics are becoming more and more popular because students can see them being used in everyday life.

 

“We’ve had some very positive feedback from the pupils and their teachers and hope we’ve managed to open their eyes to many of the opportunities in higher education.”

 

The Lincolnshire schools who took part in the summer school which ran from 18th to 22nd July were: Banovallum School (Horncastle), Branston Community College (Lincoln), George Farmer Technology College (Holbeach), John Spendluffe School (Alford), King Edward VI School (Spilsby), Lafford High School (Billinghay), St Bede’s Secondary School (Boston), St Guthlac’s School (Crowland), Aveland School (Billingborough), Middlecott School (Kirton), William Lovell School (Stickney), Monks Dyke School (Louth) and Christ’s Hospital School (Lincoln).

 

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Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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