5th July 2002




The first cohort of higher education students from the Holbeach campus of the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture will graduate at Lincoln Cathedral next week.


All the students are employed in the food industry and have studied part-time for two years at the Holbeach campus of what is now the University of Lincoln.


Four students will receive NVQ Level Four Crop Management certificates, two have passed NVQ Level Four Learning Development and 15 students have passed HNCs and HNDs in Food Operations.


“This is a very special occasion for the students and staff of Holbeach and the employers who support the work of the Holbeach campus,” said Val Braybrooks, programme leader for Food Technology.


“It lays a foundation of developments into higher education and is pivotal to the exciting future development planned for the campus.


“The provision of locally available relevant higher education means that local employers in the food industry can now train their own technical personnel. There is an acute shortage of trained food technologists and many of the Holbeach graduates will be rewarded for their efforts with promotion into more senior roles.”


The Food Operations course has been a boon to Paul Biggs, quality assurance manager at Hazelwood Foods in Wisbech. “The course has given me a good basic knowledge of the food industry and the skill to undertake further reading and research,” he said.


“It has also provided me with increased confidence and the academic qualification that I need to back up my practical experience and help me to progress further in my career.”


The students will graduate at an awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Tuesday 9th July.


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

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


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