The Neil Davis Friluftsliv Project-Based Learning Week Jubilee Donation
Neil Davis (UK, UWC RCN 1999-2001) passed away in May 2015. A member of Finland House, Neil was a particularly enthusiastic participant in outdoor activities, and fondly recalled his experiences of making a snow-cave whilst on a College trip. Neil’s family have been in touch in the first part of this term to set up an annual financial contribution of £750 / circa NOK 9,540 to UWC RCN towards encouraging and enabling generations of RCN students to gain a similar kind of experience that so clearly made an impression on Neil. With this in mind, and following correspondence with Neil’s parents, Lee and Mike Davis, we are pleased to announce the start of the ‘Neil Davis Friluftsliv PBL’ programme.
Each year, the Director of Extra Academic Programme will nominate a planned outdoor project that will take place during either the winter Project-Based Learning (January PBL) week or Friluftsveka (formerly, Ski Week): this project will involve students overnighting outdoors (tent or snow-cave), experiencing Norwegian winter conditions, with at least one student participant communicating with the family and contributing to Neil’s blog (Neilo14@wordpress.com) on his / her experiences before and after the event.
We are extremely grateful to the Davis family for making this donation – as part of our wider Jubilee Fund – and we plan that this gift enables a group of students to benefit from an exciting annual outdoor challenge in Neil’s memory.
Richard D A Lamont
UWC Red Cross Nordic
5th October 2015