celebrate a love of words this summer!

visit your local libraryAre you ready for some tear jerking, heart thumping, edge of your seat, laugh out loud moments?

Then join us as we celebrate the love of reading and writing over the summer months of 2016, with our packed programme of literacy inspired activity:

Too Write Competition with Hot Air Literary Festival open until 20th May for all ages. Get your pen out and start writing!

The Little Library Van started it’s journey round the city on 5th April, sharing stories with children and families. You can book it for your community event to bring a love of reading to your doorstep. Contact Stoke-on-Trent Libraries.

little library van

100 Reads is a list of the 100 favourite children’s books chosen by local children (and some parents and teachers). Every child will get a copy of the list, and libraries and schools will get a copy of each of the 100 books. The Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Stoke Speak Out 100 Reads project will be celebrating on the 18th May. Look out for lists and books in your local library from then.

The Big Read Staffordshire University will give a new book to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in the city, in partnership with Beanstalk, Stoke-on-Trent Libraries,  and local newspaper the Sentinel – there will be two weeks of press stories about literacy activities.

Voices Festival on the 8th June is a one day literacy festival at Staffordshire University for 110 secondary school students from Horizon Academy. They will be encouraged to develop their writing skills in workshops led by professional writers and to explore their own regional voices through performance poetry, story writing and drama. As part of the celebrations of Shakespeare’s anniversary, The Globe Theatre will also work with a company of student players to present a performance of Macbeth at the end of the festival.

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Stoke’s Literary Festival “Hot Air” runs from the 9th to 11th June 2016.
The programme includes the Too Write competition prize giving on the 9 June at Staffordshire University, a talk with Catherine Burgass a lecturer at Staffordshire University, interviewing Lisa Blower and a Hot Air author workshop at Staffordshire University on the 10 June.

Read Poetry Out Loud on Friday 10th June – Join with everyone in every school in Stoke-on-Trent, people at Staffordshire University, Stoke Sixth Form College and other organisations across the city reading the poem ‘“Read To Me” by Jane Yolen out loud at 11am.

Staffs Fringe Community Open Day at Staffordshire University & Stoke Sixth Form College on Saturday 11th June includes “Somewhere Special To Read” spaces for reading and storytelling with Beanstalk Charity.

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The Big Book Swap Picnic in Hanley Park on Sunday 12th June invites the whole community to bring a picnic and a book to swap, from 12-2pm. If you haven’t got a spare book you can write a story or poem in exchange for a spare book. (Secondhand books donated by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and  service). For ALL ages. Adult and Community Learning and Family Learning, Creative Learning and Wavemaker will run free workshops and activities. Organised by the University Quarter Community Action Network.


And there is more planned – keep your eyes open for the Wee Free Library Boxes coming your way soon!

Look for updates on the University Quarter facebook and twitter
as well as Staffs Fringe facebook and twitter.






Festival of Learning fun day

Join us at the Festival of Learning

outside Hanley market in the city centre.


Performance from AllSorts community choir


  • face painting
  • tai chi
  • make a fruit kebab
  • community singing

A4 POSTER_V2Advice and Information about all types of adult education –  from basic maths and English to Degree level

Fantastic Fringe Finale 2015 – 20th June

The Fantastic Fringe Finale Community Day is packed with activities for people of all ages.

The Fringe Community Parade led by B Arts, starts by the Children’s play area in Hanley Park at 11.45am and will go down Boughey Rd to the Leek Rd site of Staffordshire University to arrive at about 12pm.

There will be lots to see and do on Leek Road. Activities will take place at Staffordshire University and Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College. This is the plan for the day so far……

Get creative in the “make it” zones:

Face painting and Henna art

clay flowerWorkshops:

  • animation
  • clay flower-making with Rita from the British Ceramic Biennial,
  • hands on clay with Etruria Artists potters wheel
  • drumming
  • Jasmine flower garlands (1 to 2pm)

Check out the “entertainment” zones:


  • Live Final of #StaffsFringeTalent
  • local business and craft markets


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Family FILM show at 3pm – Big Hero 6




Afro-Brew band logoMusic from:

  • Afro-Brew
  • Steel for Stoke
  • Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College students


Have fun in the outdoor “action” zone:

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  • bouncy castles – one for young children, one for older children
  • tombola
  • egg and spoon race
  • tug of war
  • sack race


Talk, listen and learn at the “Info” Zone:

people in communities

  • find out about the Community Plan for Shelton area and share your ideas
  • learn about Etruria Industrial Museum history from volunteers in Victorian dress
  • Give your views on the plans for Hanley Park
  • NHS health information
  • youth and adult education advice
  • meet the University Quarter Community Action Network
  • Look at the plans for Staffordshire University campus developments and have your questions answered.

art show posterView the exhibitions:

  • tours of the University’s student Show and Tell Art and Design show
  • Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College student Art showphoto of art exhibition


Grab an ice cream from the van!

Bring a picnic or a bit a money for refreshments.

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If you have got any questions about access please phone or email.

Tel: 01782 294415

Email: factnews @staffs.ac.uk

Photos from Fantastic Fringe Finale in previous years give you an idea of what to expect!

Adult Learners: Prepare for Higher Education

Information, Advice and Guidance for Mature Learners

Venue: Staffordshire University, Stoke Campus, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

Our ‘Adult Learners: Preparation for HE’ event is aimed and geared to adult learners who are entering or thinking about study at a Higher Education level.

Perhaps you want to do something for yourself? Fancy a change? Or want to gain a degree in order to progress in your career?

Whatever your reasons the day at Staffordshire University will enable learners to gather a breadth of information and guidance about the possibility of starting University. Whatever your motivation for returning to education, there are enormous benefits to studying at University. As well as giving you a wealth of knowledge in your chosen subject area, returning to Higher Education gives you the opportunity to build your confidence, enhance your career prospects, meet like-minded people and develop a range of transferable skills. With an array of unique talks and subject lectures, learners will be able to gain a valuable insight to the help and support available to mature students. poster for adult learner event At Staffordshire we recognise and value the impact that mature learners have upon the world of work and industry, our mature student-centric approachis evident with the fact that over 63% of our students are in fact classified as mature.

At our ‘Adult Learners: Preparation for HE’ event learners will be able to choose two subject seminars which will be carried out by our academic lecturers which are leading specialists in their subjects. Learners will have the opportunity to discover and acquire a clear picture about what they could learn, how they will be assessed and what kind of employment or professional development opportunities their chosen course could lead to.

follow your curiousityThe day itself will give learners the opportunity to meet like-minded people, ask any questions they may have.

alw_banner_2You can ask our current mature students what it is actually like to be at university especially during our “A day in the life of a mature student” talk.


Many students at Staffordshire manage to organise part-time work around full-time study or conversely part-time study around full-time work.

Our ‘Student Finance Talk’ which will provide a comprehensive detailed explanation surrounding the complexities of student finance. The talk will outline and focus upon what kind of financial support is available, especially considering that mature students may have increased reservations about the ability to start university particularly if they commitments and people that are dependent on you. However, whatever your circumstances the support here at Staffordshire will allow you to realise your potential and allow you to strike a balance between your home, work and academic life.

Please fill in the booking form to get a place on the event. Click the link to download the form. Preparation for HE Application Form.

If you have any questions about the day or anything else please do not hesitate to get in contact:

Ashley Cotton Outreach Officer, UK Student Recruitment and Admissions ashley.cotton@staffs.ac.uk 01782 294951 mobile 07825 318692