Thursday, 17 October 2013
As the University of Worcester’s Beeline Storytelling Festival continues to interact with thousands of local children, the Director of the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) has praised the institution for its community engagement work.
Professor Les Ebdon CBE visited the University last week, and as part of his tour was shown around The Hive, Europe’s first joint University and public library, which is hosting a number of Beeline events this month.
Professor Ebdon said: “I’m very impressed with the access and widening participation work that the University of Worcester is doing, and I’m particularly pleased to see that they are putting emphasis on the whole student life cycle.
“It is also very pleasing to see the amount of community engagement work they are doing at venues such as the University Arena and The Hive.”
The Hive will next week welcome popular children’s authors and animators Knife and Packer as Beeline – now in its eighth year and established as one of the largest children’s events in the region – continues.
Organiser Steve Boffy, who works in arts development at the University of Worcester, says: “We have a fantastic line up for the Beeline Festival this year, and we are delighted that thousands of children from around the area will take part in the Festival with their schools and families.”
Beeline is just one of a number of ways in which the University of Worcester interacts with young people in its local community.
The University’s Institute of Education – currently rated as ‘Outstanding’ – last month presented over 100 books to a Herefordshire primary school following the culmination of a two-year project designed to get more children in the area reading.
The University was one of six international partners in the Lifelong Readers (LiRe) project, and staff and trainee teachers from the Institute of Education worked alongside local children to develop a range of training activities and resources to raise the profile of reading among primary-age children.
Follow the storytelling festival on the Beeline Facebook page or see the Beeline website for event highlights.