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Sun shines for Family Day

Thousands of people from across the region attended our extra-special Family Day on Saturday, as we marked the end of the week in which we hosted the British Science Festival.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed a huge variety of science-themed workshops, stalls and other events. More than 50 academic staff from a wide range of departments ran activities throughout the day, inspiring audiences from toddlers to teens.

CBeebies’ Maddie Moate took audiences on a tour of the solar system and Professors Egg and Egg roamed campus with a Conchovenasinoraptor. Gamers enjoyed Minecraft tournaments while dinosaur fans learned all about dinosaur dentistry and created their very own dinosaur head.

Our industry partners gave the event their wholehearted support and joined us in inspiring future generations. Jaguar Land Rover’s Experience Zone included hands-on experiences for 3-10-year-olds driving their own mini-Defender around a dedicated track. Meanwhile, Lubrizol’s Fun Lab took visitors on a molecular journey to find out how everyday items are made, tested and used.

Our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Stuart Croft, said:

“It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and feel such a buzz across the whole campus.

“I’m delighted that we were able to create an event which was welcoming and inclusive for all, helping us to remove barriers and show that Higher Education is for everyone. We’ve already had some parents tell us that their children want to go to university after attending the Family Day!

“Huge congratulations and thanks to all our staff who helped put on the event, without you it wouldn’t have been possible.”