Category Archives: Impact

SaturYAY – Community kids club

Have you heard about SaturYAY? It’s our new exciting community kids club which focuses on extended learning activities between children and parents.. and IT’S TOTALLY FREE!

If you are in the area on a Saturday come join us at the UCLan InTheCity pop up shop based in St George’s Shopping centre – Lune street entrance. There’s always lots to going on throughout the session.

Recently, we’ve been focussed on christmas activities for children aged from 2-9 years old. We strive to engage with parents of young children to make life better for them! Each session is an extended learning activity, from kinectic movement and development to understanding the importance of involvement and sharing.

As we mentioned, the event it totally free – meaning no gimmicks. None what so ever!
Come along with your children and engage in a range of activities we have going on, from arts and crafts to a messy play handprint wall. Prams are welcome and we have specific stroller station where you can park your buggy!

The event is staffed by UCLan staff and student staff. Lee is qualified at childcare and is DBS checked, the student staff have undergone relevant HR checks, and the volunteers involved are also DBS checked through our centre of volunteering!

Free juice, tea and coffee and provided throughout.

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Community up-cycling InTheCity

Over the last 6 weeks, every Friday we’ve been working really hard to bring the public of Preston something very special. The University of Central Lancashire has donated a job lot of old wooden science stools to our community up-cycling project. We’ve jumped in at the deep ed with this project and got to grips with it right away. From day one, we’ve been stripping these wooden beauties back down to the bare wood and started creating some creative masterpieces!

We’ve had a range of people from all walks of life get involved in the project, and it’s really starting to pay off. For instance there’s this one old man who comes along week in and week out. Not only does he get stuck into. But he’s also full of extremely useful knowledge of which he is passing onto other participants within the project. He’s taken two stools as a matching pair and gone to town on them. Before he finished the stools – he had already sold them.

Once the stools have been completed, and stained with a lick of varnish and protecter, these will be sold on to the general public with 100% of the profits going to local charities in Preston. That’s the beauty with this type of project. Once we have sold a few stools, the project then becomes a self sustaining project. Not only do volunteers involved within the project benefit, but the wider community also benefit also.

Each week the project gets bigger and better. We’re expecting the project to really take off over the new few weeks – but if you are interested in getting involved and gaining a centre of volunteering ILM accreditation or your CV then please do get in touch. You can contact us on InTheCity@uclan.ac.uk or 01772895373 You can also visit us in the shop – UCLan InTheCity, St George’s Shopping Centre, 51 Lune Street, Preston. PR1 2TU.

Have a look below at some of our amazing transformations.

 

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UCLan’s Lancashire Science Festival 2014 Power Up exploded science fun all over campus for all ages. The many many months of planning were all defiantly worth it – the team had an amazing time and we have all finally got our sleeping patterns back to normal after all the crazy science chaos. This year’s festival nearly blew the roof off the university with three jam packed days, with over 6500 visitors, two sell-out evening events, the incEdible Bake Off and a #LSFSelfie competition! We also ran out of visitor lanyards, which we thought near impossible! We would not have been able to make the festival happen without the support, friendliness and enthusiasm of our sponsors, colleagues and friends so we would like to say a great big thank you.

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Our IncrEDIBLE Science Cake-Off judges!

Feedback from the general public, school groups, head teachers and families has been wonderful here are some of the lovely comments we have received:

“To everyone involved in today’s fantastic festival…THANK YOU!!!! You have made 12 very keen scientists even more inspired and eager to join the world of science! Our children loved every moment of the day; from organisation to entertainment, you ticked all the boxes!” Science Coordinator, Devonshire Primary School

“Without doubt it is my favourite festival to work for. I’m always impressed by the professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness of all the staff” Matt Pritchard, the Science Magician

“The Science Festival is just one example of an agenda that we’re really good at and I’m very proud to be the VC of a university that is leading the way in”- our VC, Gerry Kelleher

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Titan and the crowds on our general public day

The new aspects of the festival – Lancashire Science Festival Lates were a huge success with both selling out! The Festival of the Spoken Nerd session was full of geektastic fun and comedy – we loved it! Our other late session was an adult only Surgical Spirit: The Science of Cocktails were attendees listened to the fabulous mixologist, who talked everybody through the science of alcohol, and how could we forget the 5 free cocktails!

Planning for next year’s festival has already started so watch this space. The team feel a little bit sad and mopey; without the yellow t-shirts, walkie talkie code names and bizarre to do lists of having a festival around the corner! We can’t wait to turn UCLan’s campus into a science frenzy zone again next year and always we promise it will be bigger and better than ever.

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The amazing Dr Mike with two science mad students and a snake!

Applications Invited to be Public Engagement Catalysts

 

Attention all UCLan researchers!

Fancy having a go at some public engagement?

Maybe getting a bit of funding to support it?

And access to professional development too?

What are you waiting for?

Apply now to be a Catalyst

More information can be found here Catalysts call

Lecture tonight from THE award winners!

Tonight at UCLan the first of our ‘Research with Impact’ lectures.

And in timely fashion the project featured has just been named International Collaboration of the Year at the THE awards. Congratulations Nicola and team!

Professor Mukhtiar Zaman from the Khyber teaching hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, will be talking about the work of a Lancashire based charity, the Abaseen Foundation,  which includes Nutrition support, health care development, education and research in this challenging part of the world.

The lecture will take place at 6.00pm until 7.00pm tonight, in Darwin building Lecture Theatre. All welcome Map here