Sam Bailey


09 May 2016 14:41

Meet the Farm Animals!

The farm animals are back! Take a few minutes out of your studying to visit the cute and cuddly animals (and the alpacas, they’re a little scary) as part of our You Are More Than activities for the summer exam season.

Q: How do pigs write top secret messages? A: With invisible oink!

How do pigs write top secret messages? With invisible oink

It can be a stressful time of year so it’s important to get the right balance between working hard and taking a break. Read Shruti’s blog on all things exams or some tips on managing your time, as well as our entire schedule of activities for You Are More Than. We’ve got FREE yoga, a trip to the board games cafe, movie nights and so much more!

Thursday 12 May, 11.00 to 15.00

Highfield Campus – Redbrick/Grass by the duck pond

Special session for student parents and their families from 14.00 to 15.00

There’s loads of help and support out there if you’re finding things a bit difficult. Find out more at and remember the Safety Bus will be running 20.00 – 06.00 each night from outside the The Shop until Thursday 2 June to make sure you get home safely!

What are we doing differently?

After the series of You Are More Than events in January we took all of your feedback and comments onboard to make this summers’ activities even better! Here are some of the changes we’ve made, but if you have more ideas please email or submit them through You Make Change.

Time for student parents & families 

We’ve reserved a special slot exclusively for students with children and families, from 14.00 to 15.00. The University Early Years Centre has helped us spread the word, but please let any friends and coursemates with children know!

Location and layout

This summer the Meet the Farm Animals event will (weather permitting) take place on the grass outside the Staff Club and duck pond. Spending a few hours on hard surfaces a week is good to wear down the animal’s hooves instead of having to be caught by the vet for hoof clipping, but we’ve negotiated with the University to be able to use the grass in response to your feedback. We’ll have Students’ Union stewards around the area managing queues and making sure there’s a smooth flow of people through the area and the animals don’t get overcrowded.

Shelter for the animals

All of the animals are free to roam around the open paddocks on the farm and are perfectly at home outside in the winter or summer. Mill Cottage Farm will bring along gazebos for shade or shelter from the rain if they are needed!

Handling animals

Previously visitors to the farm animals have been able to pick up some of the animals, supervised by staff from the farm. We expect large numbers of people to visit the farm animals on Thursday, so we’ve decided it’s best to let people stroke the animals without picking them up.

Mill Cottage Farm Experience have assured us that the animals’ welfare is a top priority at all times and are always on hand to supervise both animals and visitors! They have been helping people learn about farm animals for many years and all of the animals live on the farm where they were born and raised. All of them are used to being handled but can be given time out in the trailer should the farm staff feel it’s necessary.

If you have any more questions please get in touch. You can email, message me on Facebook, come and talk to me in the Sabb Office or submit a question through You Make Change.

What do you call it when Alpacas sing? Alpacapella.

What do you call it when Alpacas sing? Alpacapella.

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