Universities Minister's Praise for 'Innovative' Worcester

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Universities Minister, Greg Clark MP, has described the University of Worcester as “one of the most creative and innovative universities” he has seen, during a visit this week.

Dr Clark, the Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, was shown around the University’s City Campus, The Hive and the University of Worcester Arena, during a whistle-stop tour on Thursday, April 30.

Afterwards he said: "I have been hugely impressed by what I have seen. I have been to many universities and this is one of the most creative and innovative universities that I have seen in terms of what has been done with new facilities; to have a library shared with the citizens of the City in such a way is fantastic and clearly very successful; it’s a beautiful building. 

"But also in breaking down barriers that sometimes exist between universities and citizens; this is a superb way to do it.

"Then the same approach is seen at the Arena; to not only have a wonderful sports facility but to have the foresight to say this should be accessible to all and to capitalise on that by becoming a centre of excellence for disability sport is a fantastic example and model for other universities.

"One of the reasons I was looking forward to coming to the University of Worcester was its growing reputation in teaching and research, evidenced by the positive rises in student numbers and in the recent Research Excellence Framework."