Emma Thompson Meets Lancaster Researchers
Story supplied by LU Press Office
Emma Thompson has met researchers from Lancaster University who led a project about schoolchildren's experience of the Hull floods. The Oscar-winning actress was visiting the University of Hull where 46 children involved in the project were attending a writing event.
Also there were Dr Marion Walker and Dr Beccy Whittle from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who had earlier helped the children communicate their experience of the 2007 floods using storyboards, creative writing and group discussions and interviews.
The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Environment Agency and Hull City Council focused on children from primary school age to teenagers.
The children enjoyed telling their stories so much that they were invited to join the writing workshop at Hull University, where they displayed their storyboards of the floods before an audience of five hundred people.
Dr Walker said:"Emma was so fantastic with our two participants - Jack Stelloe and Amelia Grimes - the way she chatted and joked around with them to set them at ease and then she went and chatted with ten other primary school children. They were so excited.
"It was a great opportunity for the students we've worked with to make links with the University. To be able to see their work being showcased on the big stage was a real achievement".
The children also asked questions about the actress' latest film - Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang - which they saw at a special screening before they quizzed her on her experience of writing, film-making and acting.
Dr Whittle said: "There was a real buzz about the event and the students were really excited about meeting Emma. They have been our inspiration throughout this project so it was great to see how Emma inspired them in return".
Professor Martin Goodman from the University of Hull, who organised the event, said: "Emma Thompson is one of the biggest names in British cinema and we are delighted that she has offered to share her time and expertise in order to nurture the creative talent in the city. Emma's love of children, and genuine enthusiasm for hearing what they have to say, inspires us."
Wed 02 June 2010
A Faculty team representing science, technology, engineering and maths took part in EDF Energy's 'Science Day' on Saturday 21st March at Heysham Power Station.
Wed 25 March 2015
Professor Roger Jones has replaced Professor Peter Ratoff as Head of the Physics Department. Roger gained a PhD studying neutrino interactions at CERN and Fermilab before starting his career at CERN working at the Large Electron-Positron (LEP) Collider.
Tue 24 March 2015
As part of British Science week, 170 students from 14 schools across the region came to Lancaster University on Wednesday 18th March to compete in science, technology, engineering and mathematics challenges.
Mon 23 March 2015
Lancaster University’s new flagship Engineering Building will provide a beacon of excellence for research and recruitment for the UK’s buoyant and significant engineering industry.
Mon 23 March 2015