19th May 1999




National education advisers have praised the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside for its work to strengthen links with local businesses and improve students’ job prospects.


Staff from the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning have now completed a year-long project funded by the Department for Education and Employment and Humberside Training and Enterprise Council.


The project was so successful it was hailed by top government advisers as one of the most outstanding examples of ‘best practice’ in the country and awarded a commendation.


A framework was developed through the project to improve the prospects of graduates, promote the value of student work experience and build on relationships with local businesses.


In the project’s report it was described as “the best in the region - very professionally run”.


Nicola Gill from Lifelong Learning worked alongside fellow project officer Dina Lewis, and managers Margaret Noble and Derek Cottrell on the scheme. “We have worked really hard over the past year to achieve a variety of outcomes,” she said. “We are delighted to have our efforts recognised and rewarded in the form of this valuable commendation.”


Margaret Noble has now moved to Teesside University.


The development of local business links impressed a member of the steering group responsible for the launch of the projects. “The breadth and strength of partnership with business across the Humber sub-region was great - it was a business-focused project,” said Paul Spencer, a former government adviser now working with Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and the Humber.


The team worked in partnership with Hull University on the project.




Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Tel: 01522 886042