Weston College awarded university status

Dr Paul with Prof. Steve West of UWE

Dr Paul with Prof. Steve West of UWE

Weston College has been granted University Centre status, bringing Weston-super-Mare one step closer to becoming a university town.

Guests at the College’s annual Business Breakfast this week were told by Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips OBE that it is to be designated a University Centre of the University of the West of England Bristol.

Weston College and UWE already have a proven working relationship but the new strategic agreement will affirm and further develop that partnership.

University Centre status means Weston College will be able to expand its HE provision to run courses on behalf of UWE on a much greater scale, and will be included in the UCAS option choices as University Centre Weston.

Some of the University Centre’s degrees will be taught in the resort’s historic Winter Gardens, after its refurbishment and redevelopment next year.

Through the University Centre, UWE will be represented in Weston-super-Mare, and be recognised as a leading provider of higher education in North Somerset.

Dr Phillips said: “Getting University Centre status was crucial in terms of the Government’s development agenda, but most importantly to complete the regeneration of North Somerset.

“It means that the College, with its Multi-Academy Trust, its business development centre, and now with its University Centre, can offer the full provision of learning for our economy.”

The Business Breakfast, which was attended by many high profile guests including Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE, Sir David Carter, Schools Commissioner for the South West of England, and Mike Jackson, Chief Executive of North Somerset Council, also marked the launch of the College’s Annual Report.

Dr Phillips comments further: “Weston College is successful because we put the quality of provision at the top of our agenda, ensuring that the learner comes first in everything we do.

“Looking ahead, building further on that quality provision, alongside maintaining a strong fiscal approach, is key to our future.

“This will be further reinforced by ensuring we offer a unique, diverse provision which will give us greater resilience and strength in depth.

“Securing University Centre status is another key building block towards securing our own brighter future.”