A Learning Community: An Exploration of the Lincolnshire Tripod

Dr Georgiana Els has been awarded funding from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for an eighteen-month long Collaborative Enhancement project developed in collaboration with Mr. Chris Jackson from Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU).

Alongside a team of students coached in the Team Academy style, Georgiana and Chris will be engaging with communities and organisations in the visitor economy from across the Lincolnshire tripod: City – County – Coast in order to establish the skills and attributes needed to equip learners for high levels of uncertainty and a fast-changing environment.

By using team coaching interventions, it is hoped to establish a better connection between the community and the higher education (HE) providers and to determine a learning model which can be shared nationally.

Dr Georgiana Els
Dr Georgiana Els

“I am very excited for the project and grateful for the support received from QAA” says Georgiana.

“Never before have we experienced times of uncertainty like in the present and the occurrence and rate of change is predicted to increase. An ability to adapt and build personal and organisational resilience is key.

“The QAA grant will enable us to collect valuable data from private and public players in the county and to develop a pattern of learning.”

“This is a great learning collaboration” added Chris. “We’re using the industry-specific practice and experience of UoL and combining this with research into future-fit adult learning.

“There’s also a twist to this that QAA jumped on – we’re using students to design and deliver a programme in a team-learning initiative. This builds on work that Georgiana and I have already carried out with Team Entrepreneurship students from BGU working on 24-hour business challenges with Leisure and Tourism Students from UoL.”

The programme launched on Monday 10 May and will be recruiting a small group of students who will be engaging in live research collaboration within the visitor economy. For further information, please contact: gels@lincoln.ac.uk

To explore the other Collaborative Enhancement Projects being funded by QAA in 2021, please visit here.