13th January 2003

 

UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC TO MEET MINISTER

 

The government is meeting with universities next week to celebrate the new Excellence Fellowship Awards.

 

The University of Lincoln was one of 40 higher education institutions chosen to take part in the new Excellence Fellowship Awards pilot scheme, which enables teachers to spend time in universities and to raise awareness among teachers, pupils and parents of the benefits of a university education.

 

John Knowles, the university’s Widening Participation Co-ordinator, has been invited to the Houses of Parliament on 23rd January to meet the Minister for Higher Education, Margaret Hodge MBE MP.

 

He will join widening participation experts from other universities at a Parliamentary Reception to celebrate the new fellowship scheme.

 

The Department for Education & Skills is providing each university with £60,000 over two years to allow school teachers to carry out widening participation projects in universities.

 

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.

 

The University of Lincoln was chosen for the pilot scheme in recognition of its long-standing 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.

 

“This is an exciting and innovative idea, and we are looking forward to working with the teacher fellows,” said John Knowles.

 

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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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