Polar Explorer Antony Jinman inspires scientists of the future at UWE

Issue date: 08 March 2013

Education Through Expedition Student Workshop

Date: 18 March 2013, Venue: Frenchay campus, UWE Bristol, Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Evening Lecture

Date: 18 March 2013, Venue: Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol, Time: 18:00

Antony Jinman is bringing his inspiring tales of life as a polar explorer to UWE Bristol, as part of National Science and Engineering Week. He will give first-hand accounts of the world of expeditions in polar regions at two free events on 18 March.

The first event is the Education Through Expedition (EFE) student workshop, aimed at year 10-13 students, giving them a unique opportunity to get closer to the polar environment. The workshop uses interactive learning resources developed from real expeditions to help students with their geography and science courses.

On the same day, 18 March, there will be an evening reception and lecture which will outline Anthony's journey to become an explorer and educator. He freely admits that he struggled through education, finding school subjects dull and boring, and dreaming of being outdoors. He joined the Royal Navy, but spurred on by a snowboarding accident, decided to pursue his dream of becoming an explorer.

Anthony says, “My first trip to the Arctic was the 2007 Baffin Island Expedition. I then went to Greenland and in 2010 took part in the ultimate challenge, to reach the geographic North Pole.

“During that expedition myself and two team mates skied, snow-shoed (and sometimes swam) over 500 miles from Cape Discovery to the Geographic North Pole in just 51 days.

“Over the past seven years I have been travelling in the Arctic, learning about the Inuit people, the Arctic environment, the animals that live there and documenting how it is affected due to climate change. I have been shocked at the stories I have heard and what I have witnessed travelling through the same landscapes over time through this period.

“For the past three years I have been developing a school outreach programme, communicating my passion for expedition to children, hoping to inspire them as I was by my hero Captain Scott.”

In July 2011 Antony was awarded an Honorary Degree Doctor of Education from UWE for his contribution to education and the development of Education Through Expeditions social enterprise.

Both events are free but places are limited. To register for the school workshops email Chris.Spencer@uwe.ac.uk tel 0117 32 86560

The evening event includes a buffet supper after the lecture. To register email http://www.formstack.com/forms/uwe-expedition_through_education_antony_jinman

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