Hands-on at Burnley Information Day

September 14 / 144

The Burnley campus green roof
The Burnley campus green roof

The University’s Burnley Campus opened its doors and its lectures to future students at the inaugural Burnley Information Day.

The day included tours, lectures and practicals, and the launch of the Urban Food Gardener program.

Potential students took part in a hands-on introduction to available courses by attending classes that were being run on the day, alongside current students.

Erin Wilson, Marketing Team Leader, was pleased at the strong interest on the day.

“Five interactive tours ran throughout the campus with more than 120 people taking part,” she said.

“Tours visited the glasshouses, which are used for climate change and water management research, and the green roof, which is the first demonstration and research green roof in the Southern Hemisphere.”

In addition, more than 30 people attended the ‘Pop-Up Horticulture’ seminars and design workshops, showcasing the industry-focussed Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture and 75 people attended the launch of the Urban Food Gardener program with speakers from Diggers Seeds, Mountain Permaculture and Burnley researchers.

Ms Wilson said a weekday was chosen rather than the weekend specifically so that potential students could attend real lectures and practicals, and meet students and research staff while they work and study.

“There were undergraduate horticulture lectures, a masters-level laboratory session on seed propagation, and a research seminar on biodiversity given by Dr Caragh Threlfall. Visitors took part in each of these as well as discussing their future study plans in the course expo throughout the day,” Ms Wilson said.

The Urban Food Gardener program is a non-award fourteen-week course for keen gardeners growing heirloom vegetables and fruits, from propagation to harvesting and preserving.

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