“If you're studying here you're really lucky. £40m has been spent on all this amazing stuff. Have the time of your lives, learn a lot, go forth and be fabulous and get all Stoked up.”
Sara Cox, DJ and television presenter
Television and radio presenter Sara Cox launched Staffordshire University's Stoke campus in a blaze of confetti this week.
The host of the Great Pottery Throw Down was given a tour of the University's Cadman Studios - home to TV and film, music and computer games design courses - before taking to the stage to formally launch the new Stoke-on-Trent campus.
Addressing the students, she said: “If you're studying here you're really lucky. £40m has been spent on all this amazing stuff. Have the time of your lives, learn a lot, go forth and be fabulous and get all Stoked up.”
The campus launch party was host to celebrity film screenings, live graffiti art, street entertainment, performances by student bands and artists and a silent disco. The buzz was such that #AllStokedUp was trending on Twitter before Sara even got the party started.
Professor Liz Barnes said: “Sara was a lot of fun, has a genuine affinity with our area and was really impressed by our facilities. Several of our aspiring journalists and radio presenters got to interview her about her own career and I look forward to seeing and hearing the results.”
“It was great to see our Stoke-on-Trent campus come alight after dark and we really hope many more members of our community take the opportunity to come on to campus this Saturday and Sunday.”
This Saturday, the campus will feature a range of exciting and free family activities across its Leek Road and College Road sites. The Science Centre is hosting Big Biology Day, a mini science festival with chance to take part in the Great Biology Bake Off, explore the world of bugs and bees and set out on a guided nature walk.
Having recently celebrated 50 years of computing excellence, Saturday's programme also includes Digital Day where visitors of all ages can get hands-on with the latest technologies, take part in coding classes and digital workshops.
Other activities taking place between 10.30am – 4pm includes shows from Titan the Robot, talks and displays on the Spitfire and a treasure hunt. Those who want a virtual taste of University life can step aboard the Great Minds Bus.
The week of activity culminates with an Open Your Mind Day on Sunday 16 October which offers prospective students and their families chance to learn more about the degree subjects on offer, to hear from Staffordshire University students about life at University and find out more about the University's work experience offer.
For more information on All Stoked Up events, visit allstokedup.staffs.ac.uk or follow @StaffsUni on Twitter #AllStokedUp
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