20th December 2000

 

UNIVERSITY ACCESS SCHEME SET TO EXPAND

 

A project run by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in Hull to encourage youngsters into higher education is to be expanded south of the Humber.

 

A £190,000 grant from the European Social Fund announced today will allow the Access to HE project to branch out for the first time to schools in Lincoln, Grimsby and Scunthorpe at the same time as increasing its coverage of schools in Hull.

 

“The award of this grant is excellent news,” commented Derek Crothall, Pro Vice Chancellor at the university. “Building on the success of the access project in Hull, which has been nationally recognised, we are now going to work on raising aspirations in Lincolnshire.

 

“We will be working extensively with schools, local education authorities and local learning partnerships to develop this project and I’m sure that it will be an enormous benefit for those children and their schools.”

 

The Access to HE project at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will expand to include eight to ten schools in Lincolnshire and in North and North-East Lincolnshire. In Hull, meanwhile, the number of schools involved will rise from seven to ten.

 

The project has been nominated as one of the top ten such schemes in the country. Its project officer, John Knowles, gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Lifelong Learning in January 1999 on the project’s work.

 

The scheme was launched in 1995 and gives pupils from some of Hull’s most socially disadvantaged schools a taste of university life and a better chance of studying at university in later life.

 

The scheme was identified in a recent report - ‘From Elitism to Inclusion’, published by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (now Universities UK) - as a first-class example of how best to widen access to higher education.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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