Thursday, March 26, 2015

News: Rotherham College celebrates campus revamp

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Rotherham College celebrated the new facilities at its Dinnington Campus with Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, performing the official opening.

The college, rated "Good" by OFSTED in 2013, has been investing in facilities at both its town centre and Dinnington campuses as part of an £18m, four-year programme.

At Dinnington, a "Heartspace" social and events area has been created along with new facilities including upgrades to the cutting-edge games and animation department, IT facilities, the Animal Management department and new facilities for Foundation students, who will run social enterprise activities within and from the campus.

At the official opening, Gill Alton, principal and chief executive of Rotherham College (pictured, centre), said: "This is a really important milestone for us to celebrate. We're standing and sitting in what is a massive engineering achievement called the Heartspace; designed to provide our students with a vibrant social environment.

"We believe our students have the absolute right to learn in the best possible facilities that the college can provide. This investment is testament to that commitment."

Sir Kevin Barron, an ex-student of the college (pictured, right), added: "Every time I visit the college I am amazed how engaging it is with the 21st century. As the chair of the all-party British film industry group, I can tell you we have great industry strength in film making, but one of our greatest strengths in the UK is the gaming industry.

"It's fantastic that we are endorsing this area at the college and training the next generation of media, animation and games specialists."

The opening ceremony was attended by students, tutors, governors, VIP guests and employers who work with the college. One employer was Dave Thorp of Artwork-Creative Design Agency in Malvern who required an illustrator to promote a new product for a pharmaceutical and medical company.

"Faced with the challenge of finding an illustrator, I did what any other professional would do and took to Facebook", he said.

"I was fortunate enough that one of the senior tutors (Martin McCourt) saw my post and offered the College's support. Media, Animation and Games student, Bethany Marsh, developed an animated video which was delivered on time, budget and to a very high standard.

"Now the product has been rolled out, it has been seen around the world. Not only has it saved money, but more importantly, it has saved thousands and thousands of lives; thanks to the direct involvement of a Rotherham College student."

Rotherham College website

Images: RCAT

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