25th May 2001




People in Lincolnshire gain fewer further and higher education qualifications than their east midlands neighbours – and educational achievements in the county are below the national average.


But a new project involving the region’s universities and colleges aims to reverse this trend by encouraging learning in Lincolnshire through the provision of a network of mobile educational advisors.


PEARL (Personal Education Advice on Relevant Learning) is to be launched in the Alstom Atrium at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s Lincoln campus on 21st June and is aimed at anyone in Lincolnshire with an interest in learning.


“Opportunities and facilities are there for people in rural Lincolnshire to participate in education, but there are still some personal barriers to learning,” said Tony Loveridge, PEARL project manager.


“The PEARL project will bridge the gap between potential learners and the often confusing range of learning opportunities that they face, by helping them to find and join the right course for them and enabling them to enjoy the experience of learning.”


The launch is open to the members of the public from 2pm to 5pm on 21st June and is to be staged alongside the launch of Pathways, a new project which gives a credit value to all courses.


The three-year PEARL project has been jointly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the European Social Fund.  Partners are the University of Lincoln, the Open University in the East Midlands, De Montfort University, Bishop Grosseteste College, Boston College, North Lincolnshire College, Stamford College, Grantham College and Horncastle College.


NB:  Figures taken from Lincolnshire TEC household survey. 38% of people in Lincolnshire hold an FE qualification compared 40% (East Midlands) and 44% (England). 22% of people in Lincolnshire hold an HE qualification compared to 24% (East Midlands)  and 25% (England).


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

e-mail: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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