University of Leicester eBulletin

New Strategic Alliance Between University of Leicester and H E Colleges

July 2003
No 207

The University of Leicester and two colleges of higher education – Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln and Newman College of Higher Education in Birmingham - are creating a new strategic alliance.  This will enable the three institutions to collaborate on a number of initiatives and provide new educational opportunities across the Midlands.  

The University of Leicester already has links with HE and FE colleges – but this new collaboration aims to strengthen existing ties, forge new partnerships and develop innovative initiatives within the HE sector.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess, said: “This new educational alliance will bring benefits not only for the partners, but for the thousands of students seeking to gain a higher education in a more accessible way.

“Both Newman College and Bishop Grosseteste College are well-established, Church colleges of higher education with excellent reputations and we look forward to building on our mutual strengths. We will work closely together in order to provide a range of courses for students with different aspirations and needs, while respecting the separate and distinct identities and characters of each institution.  This is a real strength of the collaboration.

“In collaborating, we will provide new educational opportunities from the West Midlands to the Wash.”

The Principal of Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, Professor Eileen Baker said: “The new alliance with the University of Leicester has been welcomed by staff and students. The University’s excellent standing and its interest in widening access to higher education will make for a very productive partnership.”

The Principal of Newman College of Higher Education, Pamela Taylor, said: “Birmingham will benefit from the additional strength which this alliance brings to Newman College.  The alliance also supports our individual mission to contribute positively to widening participation in higher education across the Midlands.”

One of the opportunities likely to emerge from the extended partnership is the development of new Foundation Degrees.  Leicester was chosen as one of the pilots for the delivery of the new-style degree and it already offers the Foundation Degree (two years) in Educational Studies for Classroom Assistants in collaboration with Bishop Grosseteste College.

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