11th November 1999




A project to encourage learning among people in rural Lincolnshire is to receive a grant of over a quarter of a million pounds, it was announced this week.


A scheme led by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has been awarded £272,990 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to provide a network of educational advisors based in the Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres across the county.


The project will take off in the New Year with the support of the university’s other partners - the Open University, De Montfort University, Bishop Grosseteste College, Boston College, North Lincolnshire College and the Lincolnshire TEC.


The scheme, known as PEARL - Personal Educational Advice for Rural Learners - will help to link Lincolnshire’s further and higher education institutions with local communities by providing three peripatetic advisers based in the Regional Access Centres in Horncastle, Louth, Market Rasen and offering services to the 40 other access points across the county.


“Opportunities and facilities are there for people in rural Lincolnshire to participate in education, but there are still some personal barriers to learning,” said Pamela Weaver, Assistant Director of the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


“We’re trying to improve the personal advice network as a bridge between the potential students and the often mesmerising range of learning opportunities that they face.”


The scheme also aims to produce a directory on paper and on the Internet of learning opportunities in Lincolnshire.


“This project will provide further evidence of our commitment to the expansion of higher education provision in the region,” said Ms Weaver. “It also demonstrates our excellent working relationship with our further and higher education partners and the commitment of this university to the potential students in the rural areas.”


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)