The chief executive of an organisation which helps thousands of county people in rural areas access education has been appointed as an assistant director at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
Tony Roberts from the Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres (L-RACs) was involved in the original plans to create a university in the county and now he will jointly lead its Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning (CALL) with Dr Terence Karran.
His new role is very closely linked with his work with both individuals and businesses from small rural communities and he will ALSO continue as chief executive of the L-RACs .
Mr Roberts co-ordinates four main centres where local people and businesses can access computers and study courses, but resources are also available at another 95 locations in community centres and libraries.
“The success of the L-RACs and the university have demonstrated the need for the provision and easy access to off-campus courses,” says Mr Roberts. “At CALL I will develop a strategy for the future which I hope will make the centre into a gateway for both individuals and businesses wishing to access the university’s resources and expertise.”
In 1994/95 Mr Roberts developed proposals to set up the now successful Lincolnshire Business Link, while working for the county’s Training and Enterprise Council (TEC). His other work included helping other partnerships around the country develop proposals for new Business Links and preparing bids for European funding.
After it was created he stayed on to develop the TEC’s IT systems, which have grown from just 30 PCs five years ago to more than 300 networked across the county.
L-RACs are based in Skegness, Horncastle, Louth and Market Rasen, where students can access the university’s Effective Learning and Step into IT programmes on the Internet-based Virtual Campus.