15th June 2010, 12:13pm  (updated 15th June 2010, 12:16pm)
Guardian editor and eminent scientist support Universities Week campaign
lord winston The University is supporting the first ever Universities Week, which aims to highlight the vital role universities play in the UK. Our honorands are supporting the week too, many recalling the time they themselves spent at university.

Professor Robert Winston, Scientist and TV presenter, said: "My thirst for knowledge and understanding is still as prevalent today as it has always been. I truly hope the students at the University of Lincoln in 2010 gain as much from higher education as I did. Cherish these days and make the most of the opportunities that present themselves to you."

Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, applauded the University's Lincoln School of Journalism, saying:

"I’ve been particularly interested in the University’s Journalism and Media School and have read with admiration the number of awards and accolades it has picked up during the last 12 months. The School is now firmly established as one of the best in the country and I hope to play a small part in the life of the University in years to come."

He added: "A university education, for those of us lucky enough to experience it, should be cherished. Although clichéd, my university days were some of the best days of my life, with both lecturers and fellow students making a lasting impression on me, and I'm all for initiatives such as Universities Week."

Board Member of the International Olympic Committee, Sir Craig Reedie, recalled his first impression of the city of Lincoln. He said: "When I received my honorary degree at the University of Lincoln earlier this year, I was taken aback by the historic elegance and beauty of the city, and by the progress the University had made in its first 10 years.

"A university education is designed to give you a leg up in life and I’d urge every single student to grasp the opportunity with both hands. I support wholeheartedly the University of Lincoln’s efforts during Universities Week and very much look forward to regular progress reports during the next decade."

National broadcaster, Peter Day, added: "Since becoming an honorand in 2009, I’ve delivered a number of guest lectures at the University of Lincoln and have been struck each time by the vibrancy and focus of both staff and students.

"This University is on the up, and the next five years will see it begin to hold its own with some of its more illustrious education neighbours, and I am delighted to be supporting the University of Lincoln during Universities Week."

Ian Emmerson OBE, Regional Vice President (Europe) of the Commonwealth Games Federation, is also supporting Universities Week.     
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