18th June 2001




A new project aimed at improving Lincolnshire’s below average levels of further and higher education is to be launched in Lincoln this Thursday (21st June).


PEARL (Personal Education Advice on Relevant Learning) – a project which involves the region’s universities and colleges, is to be launched to members of the public at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s Lincoln campus.


The project aims to encourage learning in Lincolnshire through the provision of a network of mobile educational advisors. (Statistics show that 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.)


“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.


“PEARL 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 aimed at anyone in Lincolnshire with an interest in learning and is to be staged alongside Pathways – the Lincolnshire and Rutland FE Credit Framework – which aims to provide credit value to potential learners prior experience. Members of the public are invited to attend from 2pm to 5pm on 21st June in the University’s Atrium. For further information contact Tony Loveridge on 01522 886909.


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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