6th July 2005




More than 100 school pupils from all over the country will be finding out more about science at two residential summer schools at the University of Lincoln this month.


Forty-eight year 11 students from as far afield as Newcastle, Cornwall and Manchester will spend a week at Riseholme Park from Monday 11th July.


Their residential summer school will focus on the scientific study of animal welfare and is part of a national programme to encourage younsgters to go to university.


The students will be studying a range of animal behaviours including:


·                      the behaviour of dogs when left alone in a strange house or in a kennel

·                      vigilance behaviour of farmed deer, sheep and cattle towards people

·                      behaviour of goldfish in a tank towards a model piranha fish


From Monday 18th July 54 year 10 pupils from 13 schools within the Lincolnshire Coastal Academy will attend a week-long residential summer school looking at animals, people and science.


This summer school is part-funded by the European Social Fund and will feature three ‘taster days’ in Psychology Health Studies and Forensic Science, while Animal and Equine Science will feature in evening talks.


"We are greatly looking forward to hosting these students at our beautiful campus, and we hope to open their eyes to many of the opportunities in higher education,” said Professor Stephen Hall, who is co-ordinating the summer schools.


“We will do this by getting them directly involved in project work and by encouraging them to find out from our student mentors what life is like as a university student."


The Lincolnshire schools taking part from 18th to 22nd July are: 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).


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk