The team were invited to present on Litcraft at North Lancashire Business Expo by the Business Gateway team, as a wonderful opportunity to engage with the local community and demonstrate the sort of work we are doing that is accessable, interesting, and of direct (potential!) use for everyone. We were effectively representing the university – and thanks to the great organisation by Mark Bowen – the event was a huge success.
Dozens of people we chatted with had already heard about Litcraft – through various channels (Sally did an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire last month – I shall try and upload the audio when the site redevelopment is finalised); but better still, were the number of teachers who approached us, and asked if we could formally run sessions at their schools, from all around the region. We are delighted to be able to build on our network of affiliated schools – for which future resource developments undertaken by Lancaster University teams will have an immediate contact – and help further bridge the instituion into local communities.
This was the second year for the event – held at Lanaster Brewert – and was extremely well-attended (and filled with exhibitors handing out loot, so much sugar in one place!). We had a great day, which resulted in a good number of immediate contacts with Sally confirming a desire to run Litcraft, building our local contact-base significantly. We hope we did LU proud – just as we continue to be proud of the research and development opportunities the university is allowing us, thanks to its skilled and passionate outreach teams.