9th July 2004

 

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE TO EXCHANGE COURSES

EMBARGOED TO 00.01 ON SATURDAY 10TH JULY 2004

 

Art and design teaching at Lincoln College is to be strengthened by the transfer of further education courses to the college from the University of Lincoln.

 

The university has agreed to transfer its Art and Design Foundation Studies and AVCE Advanced courses to Lincoln College in August 2004.

 

The transfer will allow Lincoln College to develop its art and design provision while avoiding unnecessary competition between the two institutions, which signed a partnership agreement in 2001.

 

At the same time the college will transfer to the university its small-scale provision at degree and postgraduate level in Human Resource Management this summer and in Sport Science in August 2006.

 

The university’s further education art and design courses were developed at what was then the Lincolnshire College of Art and Design (LCAD), which subsequently became part of De Montfort University and then the University of Lincoln.

 

John Allen, the Principal of Lincoln College, commented: “A further education art and design curriculum is currently absent from the college’s portfolio and the transfer of these programmes and staff would greatly enhance the college’s overall FE curriculum offer.

 

“The college recognises the excellent reputation associated with the delivery of art and design and is committed to maintaining and improving the range and quality of provision for the benefit of current and future students.”

 

Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, added: “We are primarily a higher education institution and our strengths lie in this area. Unlike Lincoln College, our infrastructure is not specifically designed to meet the distinct needs of further education students in art and design.

 

“Our strategy is to extend and enhance our core higher education provision while working in partnership with FE providers such as Lincoln College to improve participation and progression.”

 

Further education art and design courses will transfer from the university to the college on 1st August 2004.

 

No redundancies are anticipated as a result of the transfer. However, it is anticipated that around 20 staff will transfer from the university to the college.

 

The university will also transfer accommodation to the college for the teaching of FE students.

 

Both institutions believe that this transfer will further enhance the close working relationships between the university and the college which will be of direct benefit to the wider community and which will encourage the enhancement and expansion of educational provision in Lincolnshire.

 

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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

 

Leslie Whiting, Marketing Manager

Lincoln College (tel: 01522 876272)               email: lwhiting@lincolncollege.ac.uk