Thursday, 13 December 2012
North East Worcestershire College and the University of Worcester have formed a new partnership to help raise the aspirations and educational achievements of young people.
The two institutions hope that their new, more effective, partnership will create an even stronger network of opportunity for ambitious young people in the County, who are keen to improve their skills and educational qualifications.
The Redditch and Bromsgrove-based college joins Halesowen College in the Black Country and Herefordshire College of Technology to become the third Associate College of the University of Worcester. This new partnership between the College and the University builds on many years of close, effective work together on a wide variety of educational programmes and initiatives.
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, said: “I am delighted that North East Worcestershire (NEW) College has been designated an Associate College of the 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. It is a testimony to the very high standards and quality of work at the College and their commitment to extending educational opportunity. We know that by the University and College working closely together we can have an even more beneficial social and educational effect in Redditch, Bromsgrove and beyond.”
Under the new partnership, the two institutions will work together to raise aspirations and understanding about higher education and help to lift achievements.
John Callaghan, Principal of NEW College, said: “I’m delighted to announce the partnership of the University of Worcester and NEW College, bringing University level courses a little closer to home.
“This collaboration cements the strong links we have with the University and shows our commitment to increasing the Higher Education provision for the local community. We will be continuing to build our relationship with the University of Worcester in order to make progression in to Higher Education accessible to all and provide the best possible learning environment for our students.”
The University of Worcester, whose graduates are among the most employable in Britain, is particularly known for its very high quality work in teacher training, early years, biological science, 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 NEW College and the local schools involved.
“The University’s growth has enabled it to create new opportunities in Business, Computing, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Digital Media, Psychology, Sports Science and Sports Coaching as well as strengthen our courses in such traditional subjects as English, History, Art and Geography.”