5th May 2000

 

UNIVERSITY SELECTED FOR NATIONAL PILOT

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has been selected as one of only a handful of UK universities to take part in a national work-based learning pilot scheme.

 

The government-backed University for Industry (Ufi) this week chose seven universities after an exhaustive selection process chaired by Lord Dearing.

 

ULH was selected along with Anglia Polytechnic, Derby, Exeter, Glamorgan, Middlesex and Portsmouth Universities.

 

The successful bid submitted by the University of Lincoln means that in future Ufi will identify students in the east midlands and Yorkshire to enrol on the new work-based learning degrees at ULH.

 

The three-year pilot will be launched in September 2000 and the university is anticipating a significant number of students for its new WBL degrees.

 

“This is great news which puts the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside at the forefront of a major government initiative,” said Dr Terence Karran, acting director of the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning at ULH.

 

“Our participation in this national pilot scheme will be a significant boost for our new work-based learning degrees which were launched last month.”

 

Through its new national learning centre network, learndirect, the University for Industry is aiming to encourage 20,000 new learners in the next nine months and over 200,000 next year.

 

Call the learndirect helpline on 0800 100 900 for information and advice on adult learning opportunities. Lines are open all year round Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturdays 9am to 12 noon. Calls are free and confidential.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)