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Professor Glynis Breakwell with (l to r) Nick Letchet, Principal of Swindon College, award winners Paul Holmes and Stuart King and Matt Atkinson, Principal of City of Bath College
Professor Glynis Breakwell with (l to r) Nick Letchet, Principal of Swindon College, award winners Paul Holmes and Stuart King and Matt Atkinson, Principal of City of Bath College

Press Release - 26 November 2008

University celebrates ten years of local learning partnerships

The University of Bath is celebrating ten years of learning partnerships with colleges and charities in Bath and across the South West. The collaboration has given thousands of local people access to high quality, vocationally-oriented higher education courses, ranging from digital media arts to youth work.

A celebratory dinner has been given to mark the tenth anniversary of the University of Bath’s collaboration with associated local colleges and charities (25 November).

The event which took place in the University’s Wessex Restaurant was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, who welcomed the attendees including principals of the partner colleges, higher education coordinators, programme leaders and University staff.

Professor Breakwell also presented prizes for substantial impact in teaching and learning to two members of college staff on the programmes: to Stuart King for ten years exemplary service; and to Paul Holmes for inspirational and innovative teaching.

“Our partnership is a greatly valued part of the University’s work and a major contribution both to the University’s role in the region and to its employer engagement agenda,” said Professor Breakwell.

“The strength of the partnership has enabled further and higher education in the region to become truly embedded and sustainable; elements of practice by the partnership have been highly commended at a national level.”

The University’s Division for Lifelong Learning manages a number of foundation and honours degrees, plus higher national diploma and foundation year courses.

All the programmes lead to a University of Bath award but are delivered by local colleges, partner organisations and charities in Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol amongst other locations in the South West.

The programmes can often provide the springboard to further opportunities. Recent success stories include that of Jacques Jensen, a first year student at Wiltshire College who has been signed up to Formula 1 race champion, Nigel Mansell’s racing team.

Jensen, who is currently studying for a degree in Motorsport Engineering, said: “The degree will aid my understanding of how to get the best out of a racing car, as well as teaching me important engineering skills.”

Other successes include Julie Bolton who completed the Early Childhood Studies course and is currently undertaking a PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire, and Rebecca Eagle, a Sports Therapy graduate who has recently opened her own sports clinic.

As part of this collaboration, the Division’s learning partnerships team is committed to widening participation in, and improving access to, higher education and works with the colleges to provide high quality, vocationally-oriented, higher education programmes.

Learning partnerships also provide support to the colleges in the form of quality assurance, as well as student administration and managing admissions onto the foundation year programme. Students on the courses are also welcomed onto campus to use the library, learning centre and sporting facilities.

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