University shortlisted for national award

 

 

The University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of the role it plays in supporting the food manufacturing industry.

 

The University’s Holbeach campus has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2008 in the category of Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative.

 

The campus is located in an area of southern Lincolnshire that is a major hub of the UK food manufacturing industry. One in four people in the area are employed in the sector and the leading companies generate well over £2 billion GDP each year for the local economy.

 

The University’s redeveloped Holbeach campus opened in 2004. It has grown from its roots as a vocational training centre into an internationally-recognised provider of undergraduate and post-graduate education, research and technical business support for the food industry, as well as continuing to expand vocational provision.

 

This expansion has been driven by the needs of businesses in the food manufacturing sector.

 

Around 2,000 staff from 200 different employers study at Holbeach each year. They include employees of major international companies such as Moy Park and Bakkavör.

 

Courses are taught by academic staff with experience in senior positions in industry. They are designed to be flexible to meet the demands of employers with many courses delivered through day release, part-time modes or distance learning.

 

National Centre for Food ManufacturingThe second phase of Holbeach’s development is now well underway with the creation of a £3.5m food processing factory for education and training.

 

The building, which will be known as the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, is backed by employers’ organisation the Process and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA). It is co-funded by employers, PPMA members, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

 

Initial construction work is complete and the facility is being fitted with state-of-the-art food manufacturing technologies. It is expected to open in early 2009.

 

Dean of Faculty with responsibility for Holbeach, Val Braybrooks, said: “What is innovative about Holbeach is that the provision has been shaped and dictated by the employers whose businesses the campus supports. This partnership has created arguably the best resource of its kind in the UK. It will be a valuable asset in ensuring the sector’s future in a highly competitive global market.”

 

There were more than 500 entries in the THE Awards 2008 from 130 different institutions. Just over 100 nominees were shortlisted.

 

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London, on 23 October.