18th January 1999




The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has been given £44,000 to look into widening participation in higher education in rural areas.


The money has been being given by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to a project which the university is running in partnership with De Montfort University, the Open University, the Lincolnshire TEC, Boston College and North Lincolnshire College.


“In rural areas in Lincolnshire and in parts of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire there’s a problem of take-up of higher education because of geographical accessibility,” explained Dr Margaret Noble of the university’s Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning. “We think provision of higher education needs to be made more local.”


For the next twelve months Dr Noble’s team will look into ways of encouraging more people in rural areas - particularly working people and what are known as ‘second-chance learners’ - to follow higher education courses.


“One of the first things we’ll be doing is carrying out an audit of practical initiatives in the region and looking at ways in which IT can be used to open up access to higher education,” Dr Noble explained.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


or Dr Margaret Noble on 01482 463637.