New Strategic Alliance Between University of Leicester and H E Colleges
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.
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.
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
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.
collaborating, we will provide new educational opportunities from the West
Midlands to the Wash.”
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.”
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.”
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.
This document has been approved by the head of department or section.