Staffordshire University gets 'All Stoked Up' with £40m Campus launch

“All Stoked Up is an excellent opportunity for the University to connect with people across North Staffordshire and we hope our exciting programme of events will encourage people to come on to campus to see our facilities and celebrate our place in the City.”

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Staffordshire University has announced plans to paint the city red – with a week of activity designed to celebrate its transformed Stoke-on-Trent campus and £40m investment in new facilities.

BBC Radio DJ and presenter of the Great Pottery Throw Down Sara Cox will get the campus launch party started next Wednesday October 12 when the University's College Road site is further transformed with a ferris wheel, helter skelter, live music, street entertainment, live graffiti art and food stalls.

Between 4pm and 9pm, visitors can take a tour of the new facilities including Cadman Studios while the Film Theatre will host two exclusive free screenings – horror film, The Hallow introduced by director Corin Hardy and 24 Hour Party People about Manchester's music scene, introduced jointly by musician Bez of Happy Mondays fame and Clint Boon from the Inspiral Carpets.  Boon will also be hosting a silent disco in a tepee to round off the evening.

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Liz Barnes said: “This Autumn we celebrate Stoke-on-Trent becoming our main City campus. A substantial number of students and staff have relocated from Stafford and our intention is to get our University community “All Stoked Up” and feeling proud about their campus.”

“All Stoked Up is an excellent opportunity for the University to connect with people across North Staffordshire and we hope our exciting programme of events will encourage people to come on to campus to see our facilities and celebrate our place in the City.”

On Saturday 15 October the University invites families to Come On To Campus for an exciting range of activities linked to subject areas. 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.  And 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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