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Students from UCLan’s School of Business took the plunge on a study trip to the Chill Factore in Manchester.

Twenty-three undergraduates from UCLan’s Division of Communication, Marketing and Public Relations joined five members of the Division’s academic team at the UK’s longest indoor skiing and indoor snowboarding slope. They took part in the ‘Sub Zero Challenge’, a series of five challenging team exercises. The Chill Factore trip was organised by Peter Ashfield, Course Leader in Business and Marketing, School of Business, to help students prepare for Semester Two.

This was the first time students from the School of Business had undertaken such a chilly challenge in temperatures hovering between minus 2 and 5 degrees. Fully wrapped up in the latest high tech garments, provided by The Chill Factore, the students and academic staff were separated into five teams and embarked on the aptly named ‘Sub Zero Challenge’.

During the 90-minute challenge, each team had five tasks: building an igloo; building sledges; a luge relay racing; dashing downhill on an inflatable ring and full-on sledge racing. All tasks were timed and all tasks attracted points for the team.    

After some serious teamwork and healthy competition, the Red Team were the winners. The Reds’ team members Liam Newton, Charlotte Whittaker, Josie Linsel, Bethan Southern, Lois Chaplin and staff member Barrie Roberts were greeted with a round of applause and presented with their ‘moose’ prize for their efforts.     

Alison Lucas, Acting Head of the School of Business, said: “Activities such as this help our students to unwind and take time out from their otherwise busy schedules balancing their academic studies with work and social commitments. It provided a great opportunity for our academic colleagues and students across the School to spend some time together before the start of a busy semester.”

What the students said:

Natasha Kerr – 3rd year student, BA (Hons) Marketing Management (Advertising, Marketing and Communication)

“It was such a good experience, I got to do things I’ve never done and probably will not ever get the chance to again and got to work with people I’ve never really spoken to before! It brought me closer to the people I go to University with and even some healthy competition with my friends.”


Katie Hull – 1st year student, BA (Hons) Business and Marketing

“It was a fun and really interactive day. Really enjoyed building the igloo and working as a team, gaining more communications skills and overall it was an amazing trip – thank you.”


Yashin Comrie – 2nd year student, BA (Hons) Business and Marketing degree

“The best way to start a busy semester. The day out was brilliant, flying down a snow slope in an inflatable doughnut feeling like a human penguin! It was an amazing time spent with friends, even if it was competitive which made it all the more exciting.”


Lois Chaplin – 3rd year student, BA (Hons) Business and Marketing

“The Sub Zero Challenge was amazing! Really enjoyed all the challenges and had so much fun with my team competing against the other teams.”