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24th September 2015, 12:42pm
Archaeology academy comes to Lincolnshire for 100 school pupils
Professor Carenza Lewis. Copyright: Denise Bradley Archaeologist and television presenter Professor Carenza Lewis will lead an exciting new series of excavations offering almost 100 Lincolnshire school pupils the opportunity to get inspired about university through unearthing new discoveries which contribute to important historical research.

Professor Lewis, best known for her role on the much-loved Time Team television series, is bringing the prestigious Higher Education Field Academy to Lincolnshire in her new role at the University of Lincoln.

Teachers from schools across the county are invited to express their interest in registering groups of up to eight pupils to take part in the three-day digs. In total, 96 places are available across two sessions in mid-October 2015. As the first time the HEFA has been held in Lincolnshire, there will be no charge for participating schools (the usual cost is £25 per pupil).

The Lincolnshire Higher Education Field Academy is a new collaboration between the University of Lincoln and the University of Cambridge, where Professor Lewis worked for 15 years and launched the innovative Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) unit in 2004.

The HEFA, developed by Professor Lewis from ACA, is aimed at school pupils aged 14-17. The programme aims to raise participants’ aspirations for higher education by enabling them to find out more about what a university education is like,  what it can do for them and how to make a successful application. It is designed to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and self-confidence  through active contribution to new academic research.

HEFA has a proven track record, with more than 5,000 teenagers taking part since it was launched at Cambridge 10 years ago: 90% rate it as good or excellent and 84% said they felt more positive about going to university after taking part.

Lincolnshire’s first Higher Education Field Academies will take place on 14-16 October; and 21-23 October 2015 in two historic villages in the county.

Each academy lasts three days – the first two days are spent excavating, when students work in small teams supervised by Professor Lewis and other experienced archaeologists. The final day will be held at the University of Lincoln’s main Brayford Pool Campus, when participants will evaluate their finds and learn more about studying at degree level.

Carenza Lewis, who joined the University of Lincoln as Professor for Public Understanding of Research in September 2015 and is based in Lincoln’s School of History & Heritage, said: “I’m very excited to be bringing the Higher Education Field Academy to Lincolnshire for the first time.  Archaeology is not just for people interested in history – it spans hard sciences such as physics right through to classics such as philosophy. It’s also one of the few disciplines where people with absolutely no experience can make genuinely new discoveries!
“Pupils on our field academies see their excavation through from the very beginning –marking out the dig site and removing turf – to the very end – analysing and writing up their finds. Every single participant makes a direct contribution to on-going research into people and places in the past.”

Lincolnshire schools interested in participating in the Higher Education Field Academy can contact Emma Jubbs, Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager at the University of Lincoln, on: or 01522 886644.  

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