8th May 2003




University of Lincoln staff are to move out of the Holbeach campus tomorrow (Friday) to allow redevelopment work to go ahead.


The ten full-time and 16 part-time members of staff will move to Spalding while the £2.1m enhancement project goes ahead.


Until the end of  March university staff and teaching facilities will be based in temporary office accommodation in Broadgate House, Westlode Street in Spalding.


An extensive redevelopment programme will start on Monday 12th May and is expected to complete by the end of March 2004.


The new-look enlarged campus will feature three new laboratories, teaching rooms, offices, a Learndirect centre run by the Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres

(L-RAC), extended learning resources and incubation units.


“The building will be similar in style to those on the main Brayford campus at Lincoln and will be a significant resource in the south of the county,” commented Tony Roberts, Head of Commercial Projects at the University of Lincoln.


“The message to our existing students and customers is very much ‘business as usual’ as much of our existing delivery is in the workplace.


“New IT training labs have been established by L-RAC within Geest to ensure continued delivery and to secure additional enrolments from the workforce. This idea has been so popular that further centres in other Geest sites and those of some other major food producers in the area are also planned.”


The university is waiting for a final decision on its application for CoVE (Centres of Vocational Excellence) status within the food and drink sector which would attract £550,000 of new funding to the campus over a two-year period.


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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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