Thursday, 28 June 2012
Halesowen College has become the first Associate College of the University of Worcester under a new scheme to help young people achieve more at school and college.
The University of Worcester and Halesowen College have been working together for more than a decade. Halesowen’s move to become an Associate College marks the success of this work, particularly in widening participation in higher education and in creating high quality educational opportunities at both institutions.
The formal partnership was launched at the College’s Higher Education advice evening.
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, said: “I am delighted that Halesowen College is the first to choose to apply to be designated an ‘Associate College of University of Worcester’.
“This reflects the success we have had in working together over many years and our shared commitment to widen participation in higher education and ensure that more young people have high quality opportunities to make the most of their potential. We know that by working together we can do more and have an even more beneficial social and educational effect here in the south West Midlands and Black Country.”
Keith Bate, Halesowen College Principal, added: “Over recent years we have record levels of students progressing to university. In these times it is critical to put in place pathways to enable local people to follow higher education options especially for those who would not think that these routes are available to them. Through this partnership students can embark on programmes in Halesowen leading direct to university.”
Under the first phase of the new partnership, the two institutions will extend their work with several local secondary schools in Halesowen and neighbouring areas to provide a planned, co-ordinated and targeted programme of outreach and widening participation to lift achievement and aspiration.
The University of Worcester, whose graduates have had the highest overall employment rate for any West Midlands university over the past three years, is known for its high quality work in teacher training, early years, nursing, midwifery, para-medicine and sports science.
Professor Green said: “In recent years, the University has been the fastest growing university in Britain with applications increasing seven times faster than the national average, so the opportunity to receive mentoring and encouragement to progress onto a course at the University of Worcester is a real plus for students at Halesowen College and the local schools involved.
“The University’s growth has enabled it to create new opportunities in Business, Computing, Biological Science, Digital Media and Psychology as well as strengthen its offer in such traditional subjects as English, History and Art.”