University highly commended at education awards ceremony



The University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus has been highly commended in the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


The University had been shortlisted in the category of Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative in recognition of the role it plays in supporting the UK’s food manufacturing industry.


The awards ceremony was held on Thursday 23 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.


The University of Lincoln was one of just over 100 universities to be shortlisted for an award out of more than 500 entries to the THE Awards 2008.


Although the University did not win the category, it was one of only a handful of universities to be highly commended by the judges.


University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick, and Dean of Faculty with responsibility for Holbeach, Val Braybrooks, were among those representing the University at the ceremony.


Val said: “It was an amazing event – I think there were 1,500 people there. When you saw the size and scale of the event, you realised what a fabulous achievement it was to be highly commended from such a big field.

“This isn’t the end of the story – it’s the start of a very exciting partnership. As the reputation and profile of Holbeach rises, more and more employers and universities are becoming interested in collaborating with us.”


The University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus sits at the heart of the UK’s food manufacturing industry in southern Lincolnshire.


Since the redeveloped site was opened in 2004, it has evolved into an internationally-recognised provider of vocational training, undergraduate and postgraduate education, research and technical business support to the sector.


Its development has been driven by the needs of businesses in the food manufacturing industry.


Each year around 2,000 employees of 200 different companies study at Holbeach.


These businesses have been pivotal in the success of Holbeach and the next exciting stage of its development - a new £3.5m food processing factory for education and training.


This building, which will be known as the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, is due to open early in 2009.