May Fest 2012… bigger and better

April 16th, 2012

The University is to throw open its doors to the public for its 4th community open day — May Fest 2012.

Now becoming a regular fixture on the East Midlands’ events calendar, this day of hands-on fun for all draws visitors from across the country — students and staff, past and present, and their families and people living around the University.

If you’ve ever asked the question: “Why does..?” then May Fest 2012 is for you. Our students and academics will take part in interactive activities and will hold topical debates on political and social issues.

Last year’s visitors had a taste of physics… with some liquid nitrogen strawberry-flavoured ice cream. They made smoothies harnessing their own energy by riding an exercise bike, and they oohed and aahed as scientists demonstrated (loudly!) how thunder and lightning happens. There will be sporting activities, community projects and art projects, plus the chance to try your hand at being a vet.

And the good thing is, it’s all free. If the weather is good, why not bring along a picnic and enjoy the University’s extensive landscaped gardens? Youngsters can run off some energy on the newly refurbished Highfields Play Park.

Visitors can explore science labs and chat with academics about the world-leading research being carried out on their doorstep.

The University is a major employer in the region and visitors will be able to find out about job and study opportunities through jobs and adult learning stalls.

The community open day runs from 11am to 5.30pm on Saturday 19 May at University Park. Most activities are in or around the Portland Building, with a campus hopper bus available to transport visitors to events.

May Fest 2012 also aims to encourage former students and staff to return to the University to recognise the part they’ve played in its past — and can continue to play in its future.

May Fest 2012 is organised by the University’s Corporate Events team, in conjunction with the Community Partnerships (CP) team. CP, who were behind the launch of the community open day, develop relationships with the local community, from schools and businesses to civic bodies and the public.

For more details, visit: or email: or follow it on Twitter nearer the time #mayfest.

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