“We really want to emphasise that the University Quarter is a space for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy. A lot of people don’t know realise that they are welcome to use our fantastic facilities.”
Penny Vincent, Creative Communities Unit
Staffordshire University is inviting the public onto campus this weekend to enjoy a host of Fringe activities alongside its Open Day.
The free community event on Saturday features a Creative Clay workshop, face-painting, a Labyrinth Walk and a Charity Sports competition, plus pottery demonstrations from Great Pottery Thrown Down contestant Jim.
Penny Vincent, from the University's Creative Communities Unit, helped to organise the Fringe events. She said “We really want to emphasise that the University Quarter is a space for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy. A lot of people don’t know realise that they are welcome to use our fantastic facilities like the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, our beautiful nature reserve and cafes.”
“There's something for everyone at Saturday’s event, from meditation to face-painting, and we look forward to lots of people from the local community joining in the fun!”
The Great Minds Bus will be on campus for visitors to hop on board and get a taste of life at Staffordshire University, with a range of interactive activities including Virtual Reality headsets and a replica student flat.
It is still not too late to book a place on our Open Day and discover more about the University's facilities and courses. Plus there is the opportunity to view plans and find out about the developments on campus.
Judy O'Brien, Marketing and Communications Manager for Staffordshire University's campus transformation programme, said: “We are proud of the changes taking place at the University and the impact the £40m investment is making to the local area. Our campus is at the heart of the University Quarter, and by holding events like Fringe alongside our formal Open Days, we hope to bring together our communities to discover all the campus has to offer.”
She added: “This weekend we are having an Open Day in the truest sense - people can just drop in to one of the many family activities taking place, or find out more about life at University. We will also be on hand to talk through the latest plans for our city campus and answer any questions - we want the local community to understand the extent of our developments, and become a part of this exciting journey.”
The Fringe and Open Day activities will take place across Leek Road and College Road sites in Stoke-on-Trent, from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 23 April.
Find more information about Saturday's event and other Fringe activities taking place throughout the year here.
An Open Day will also take place at the Stafford campus, for those interested in nursing and health professions. Visit here for more information and to book a place.
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