15 May 2015
Popular annual event nominated for North of England education award
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) annual Lancashire Science Festival has made the shortlist for a new awards event that celebrates education success across the North of England.
Now in its fourth year the festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the region, has made the final shortlist in the Educate North Awards Innovation category. To make the final cut entrants had to display examples of original and creative initiatives that have enhanced the performance or reputation of their institution, as well as contributing to the economy in the North.
"The Lancashire Science Festival has become such an important date in the community calendar; it’s all about bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematical subjects to life and allowing everyone to take part."
Lancashire Science Festival began in 2011 and has grown year-on-year to become one of the biggest and most popular free public events in the region. It brings together an exciting programme of activities to make science and technology fun and engaging for people of all ages. This year it will take place from the 25 – 27 June and for 2015’s theme of ‘Evolves’, visitors will be invited to walk with dinosaurs amongst the many other exciting activities.
Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott, UCLan Public Engagement Manager, organises the annual UCLan festival. She commented: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. The Lancashire Science Festival has become such an important date in the community calendar; it’s all about bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematical subjects to life and allowing everyone to take part.
“The festival has gone from strength to strength each year and being shortlisted for this award is recognition of the hard work, creativity and passion that staff and students put into this event, year on year.”
The inaugural Educate North Awards will present prizes across 21 categories including research, collaborative ventures, employer engagement, international outreach and environmental developments.
It will be preceded by a conference that will look at the education sector across the North of England, assessing the large scale of investment that is currently taking place and the direction the sector should go. Research conducted in association with the event will pull together statistics that will enable the universities and policy makers to fully assess the economic, social and cultural impact of this sector and its contribution to the UK.
The event will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 3 June and includes 33 universities as well as leading arts, music, legal, teaching and other higher educational institutions. UCLan is up against Barnsley College and the Learning Curve Group for the Innovation Award.
For more information about the Lancashire Science Festival visit www.lancashiresciencefestival.co.uk