Friday, December 11, 2009

News: Rotherham's university challenge continues


The cabinet of Rotherham Council has agreed for a bid to be submitted that aims to create a university campus in the Dearne Valley.

Rotherham was one of 27 areas to submit an initial expression of interest to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), aiming for a new local university centre. The new "University Challenge" programme aims to create up to 20 new centres of higher education (HE) by 2014.

Staffordshire University is to be the lead partner and a more detailed expression of interest was due to be submitted earlier this month.

It proposed the provision of an 800 place higher education campus, delivered in partnership with Dearne Valley College. This would be gradually built up between 2011 and 2014.

A capital investment of £1m is also being sought from the HEFCE primarily for refurbishment and adaptation of Humphrey Davy House to accommodate the campus. The acquisition of the former School of Nursing and Midwifery from Sheffield University is being explored.

The aim is to raise aspirations and participation in higher education for the 800,000 population of the surrounding areas. The curriculum is expected to have a dual focus on meeting the requirements of local employers and the emerging Dearne Valley Eco-Vision.

Rotherham Cabinet papers


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