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Over 40 students from a West Fife community education centre will visit the University of St Andrews this week (Wednesday 13 February 2002) as part of a drive to encourage student progression from community learning to further and higher education.

The visit forms part of a joint effort by the University and Lauder College, Dunfermline to provide pathways to further and higher education and follows a highly successful open day at the High Valleyfield Community Education Centre, Dunfermline.

The High Valleyfield students, aged 21 years and over, will spend the afternoon at St Andrews following a visit to Lauder College in the morning.

After lunch in the University Students’ Association, the group will hear a talk from Admissions staff on the University’s admissions and access policies, the role and benefits of the part- time degree and the flavour of life at St Andrews.

The group will then be given a student-guided tour of the University followed by a visit to the School of Physics and Astronomy where they will be shown around aspects of one of the University’s world-class facilities. As well as touring various teaching labs, lecture theatres and the PC classroom, they will stop off at the Photonics Innovation Centre where they will learn about green light rope technology and its implications for emergency escape lighting.

Director of Admissions Stephen Magee said, “The University is committed to providing pathways to higher education and has put in place links with all of Fife’s further education colleges amongst which this initiative with Lauder College is seen as ground- breaking.”

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS – The visitors from High Valleyfield and Admissions staff will be available for a photocall at approximately 2pm in School V, St Salvator’s Quad, North Street, St Andrews.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: higvalleyfield/standrews/chg/11feb2 002

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