15th February 2002




Teachers in schools and colleges will be working in the University of Lincoln under a new pilot scheme to widen access and improve links between schools and further and higher education.


The government has invited the university to take part in the Excellence Fellowship Awards pilot scheme and will provide £60,000 over two years to allow teachers to carry out widening participation projects in the university.


The pilot scheme is targeted at Excellence in Cities areas and Education Action Zones and is part of the government’s drive to attract 50 per cent of 18 to 30-year-olds into higher education by 2010.


Its aim is to enable teachers to spend time in universities and to raise awareness among teachers, pupils and parents of the benefits of a university education.


“To achieve the target we need to strengthen existing partnerships between HE, FE and schools to raise the attainments and aspirations of young people,” said a spokesman for HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which is administering the pilot scheme.


“Many HE institutions are already working in various ways with schools and FE providers, and the Excellence Fellowship Awards will support these activities.”


The University of Lincoln is one of 40 HE institutions to have been selected for the pilot scheme in recognition of its work in widening access to higher education. Each fellowship award made will be for the equivalent of one term’s full residence for a school or college teacher within the university.


Among the other universities invited to take part in the pilot scheme are Oxford, Manchester, Newcastle, Durham, York and Warwick.


“These fellowships will play an important part in improving existing links between schools, colleges and universities,” said a University of Lincoln spokesman.


“We already work very closely with schools and colleges to widen participation in HE, and we anticipate that the benefits of having teachers working within the university on access projects will be substantial.”


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

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk