Thursday, 25 October 2012
Herefordshire College of Technology and the University of Worcester have formed a new partnership to help raise the aspirations and educational achievements of young people.
The Hereford-based college joins Halesowen College in the Black Country to become the second 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.
The two institutions hope that their new, more effective partnership will create an even stronger network of opportunity for ambitious young people in Herefordshire, who are keen to improve their skills and educational qualifications.
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor at the University of Worcester, said: “I am delighted that Herefordshire College of Technology 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 Herefordshire.”
Under the new partnership, the two institutions will work together to raise aspirations and understanding about higher education and help to lift achievements. Practical steps and new opportunities will now be created in such areas as Health, Business, Sports Science, Computing and Information Technology and Education.
Ian Peake, Principal at HCT, said: “We are delighted to have achieved recognition as an Associate College of the University of Worcester. This is an important development in our long-standing partnership, which has already benefited many students who have been able to study university programmes in Hereford or progress from our further education programmes to continue their education at Worcester. Our strengthened partnership will help to raise the aspirations of young people in Herefordshire to achieve their full potential.”
The University of Worcester, whose graduates are among the most employable in the Country, is known for its very 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 Herefordshire College of Technology and the local schools involved.
“The University’s growth has enabled it to create new opportunities in Business, Computing, Biological Science, Digital Media, Psychology, Sports Science and Sports Coaching as well as strengthen our courses in such traditional subjects as English, History, Art and Geography.”