As learners begin to flock back to their studies in Lincoln, Riseholme College is also welcoming a family of exotic new classroom residents.
The college, which specialises in agriculture, equine and animal management education and is part of Bishop Burton College, is expending its animal unit at its Showground campus.
The facilities, which opened up three years ago and complement the facilities at the Riseholme Park campus, already house more than 50 different species including marmosets, meerkats and exotic animals including reptiles and invertebrates.
From September, work will start on some new outdoor animal enclosures which will house species including wallaby and rhea.
Clare Chaffe, Curriculum and Learning Manager for Animals, said; “After three years of growth, our animal collection has outgrown the space we have at the Showground Campus.
“I’m really excited about this new investment as it means our students will get a diverse range of practical hands-on experience with one of the most extensive ranges of animal species in the country.”
The revamp of the animal departments also extends into the curriculum, with more practical sessions and new modules planned for the new and returning students.
The new modules will equip students will a range of valuable skills including enrichment building, rope splicing, faecal sampling within the college’s state-of-the-art laboratories, and even vehicle maintenance.
Clare added; “We’ve worked with industry professionals to ensure that the skills our students learn in the classroom and as part of practical sessions are equivalent to industry best practice standards.
“This not only better prepares them for when they enter the workplace, but it also helps to make them much more employable – some 97% of our students last year went on to employment or further study after completing their courses with us. That’s the highest success rate in the region, and one of the highest in the country.”