Bishop Grosseteste University’s (BGU) Chris Jackson has successfully been awarded funding from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to run a collaborative research project with Dr Georgiana Els, University of Lincoln (UoL).

The purpose of the project is to engage with communities and organisations in the Lincolnshire visitor economy (“City -County-Coast”) to explore what skills and attributes may be needed to better-equip the sector to cope with high levels of uncertainty in an fast-changing environment.

“This is a great learning collaboration” says 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.”

Professor of Educational Learning, Phil Wood commented, “This is an exciting initiative that is looking to establish catalytic questions rather than definitive answers, with all participants benefitting from the outcomes. It can also help to inform us as educators how we can develop engaging, relevant learning that supports the communities that we serve.”

The programme launches in May and will be looking to recruit a small group of students from both universities who would be interested in engaging in live collaborative research whist developing their own skills and attributes.

Further information on the venture can be found by contacting