15th August 2003




Managers at Lincoln Co-op will be given an insight into the public’s perceptions of the organisation when two university graduates give a presentation based on their final-year project.


Charlotte McClelland (22) and Hannah Keenan (21) spent part of the third year of their Management degree course at the University of Lincoln looking at how co-operatives work and researching public perceptions of the co-operative movement.


Students following the ‘Contemporary Issues in Management’ unit were given a talk by Sam Turner, Member Services Manager at Lincoln Co-op, and were asked to do some mini-consultancy work on how the Co-op is viewed by its customers.


“After the lecture we spent some time looking at how co-ops work, and the students then went away to determine whether Lincoln Co-op is seen as old-fashioned or keeping up with the times,” said Sam.


“We were given the best pieces of work for analysis, and they were so good that we’ve invited two students to come in and present their findings to us next month.”


Charlotte, who comes from Collingham, and Hannah, who lives in Navenby, will give a presentation on their work at Lincoln Co-op’s head office on Tentercroft Street on Friday 5th September.


Among those attending the presentation will be Ursula Lidbetter, Secretary of  Lincoln Co-op, and members of Lincoln Co-op’s marketing team.


Lincoln Co-op is hoping to continue working closely with students in the future.

“We have been involved with the university, in particular the Students’ Union

Co-operative, since it began, but it’s great to get more closely involved,” said Sam.


“It’s been a very useful exercise for both sides and we’ll definitely be working closely with the Lincoln Business School in future. In fact we’d be happy to explore other avenues where there are natural connections between the courses at the university and the work that we do.”


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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