3rd May 2000




Two new project workers have joined a project to widen access to higher education in the Humberside and North Yorkshire area.


John Regan and Charles Papworth will be based at the University of Lincoln in Hull and will work in partnership with several organisations including Hull University on the widening participation venture.


John was a part-time lecturer in social sciences at ULH before taking up his new post as a Widening Participation Development Worker on the project.


He will be working with Charles Papworth, who has taken on a similar role and Amanda Smethurst, the Widening Participation Development Worker who successfully piloted the project last year with colleague Lindsay Selby.


“We are looking into ways of attracting people to university who might not otherwise think of higher education - ‘non-traditional’ learners without conventional qualifications or training,” said Amanda.


Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the three-year project is now starting to explore the best way of drawing in new learners. As part of last year’s pilot Amanda ran an open day for the community and voluntary sectors to provoke a debate on what the university sector could offer in the future.


Another development, the ‘Grow Your Own’ scheme, was designed in partnership with Hull Social Services and the Humberside Partnership to promote awareness of careers in social care and social work for local people.


It will develop opportunities for access to social care courses such as those on offer at the university’s Department for Applied Social Science and Social Work.


Amanda and her new colleagues are working closely on the project with other project staff at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Hull University, the Open University and universities and colleges in York and Scarborough.



Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Tel: 01522 886042