6th July 2006




A new university is being established in Lincolnshire to try to encourage more school leavers to go into higher education.


The Woodland University is a partnership initiative between the University of Lincoln and Hill Holt Wood, the community woodland near Norton Disney, targeted at boys aged 15 or 16.


The proportion of boys going into higher education is significantly lower than that of girls. In the 2002/3 academic year, the proportional increase in women accepted for higher education was double that of men, according to statistics compiled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).


From 10th to 14th July, 35 boys from schools across the East Midlands will be building their own sustainable camping community at Hill Holt Wood next to the site of a Roman villa.


During their stay they will be involved in a variety of outdoor activities and projects based on sustainable technology. They’ll also be getting hands-on experience in the science laboratories at Riseholme and going on tours of the university’s Brayford Pool campus.


Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Lincoln, Professor Stephen Hall, said: “This is an exciting new initiative offering teenagers the opportunity to learn new skills, have fun and find out more about higher education at the same time.”


The Woodland University initiative is being partly funded by the European Social Fund.


The schools taking part are: Babington Community College in Leicester, Banovallum School in Horncastle, Branston Community College in Lincoln, Cordeaux School Louth, Dukeries Community College in Newark, Gartree Community School in Tattershall, Gleed Boys’ School in Spalding, Haywood Comprehensive in Nottingham, John Spendluffe School in Alford, The Haven High Technology College in Boston, Monks' Dyke Technology Collegein Louth, Portland Comprehensive in Worksop, The Aveland High School in Sleaford, The Castle Hills Community Arts College in Gainsborough, The George Farmer Technology College in Holbeach, The Priory LSST in Lincoln and William Lovell Church of England School in Stickney.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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