18th January 1999



Headstart for Learners in Lincoln


Education is about learning for life, and thanks to a close relationship between the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and the Workers’ Educational Association, many local people are now getting a headstart in the job market.


In a joint effort to promote learning in the community, the university has given its accreditation to five courses run under the auspices of the WEA.


Formal qualifications are not needed and almost 100 Louth and Lincoln people are currently studying the history and creative writing courses, which can count towards a university degree with further study.


Tony Loveridge from the university’s Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning provides support for a new work-based learning degree course and plans to widen participation in education in rural areas.


“Local people benefit from the opportunity to use new tutors and from the stimulus that can come from earning points which can count towards a formal qualification,” he said.


It has long been the aim of the WEA to provide non-vocational courses for adults who want to expand their educational horizons. Ted Warner from the WEA said the expectations of people taking up their courses has changed over the years.





“An increasing number of students are now looking for a form of accreditation that recognises the value of the work they are putting into their studies,” he said. “We look forward to increasing student numbers through the fruitful collaboration which exists between the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and the WEA.”


Applications to join WEA courses are always welcome. The five joint courses are: British Urban History (Lincoln, Louth), Jerusalem BC400 to AD73, the Flavians, Writing Creatively, and Lincoln Castle - A Place in History, all of which are Lincoln-based. 


For further details telephone the WEA office on 01522 528414.




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