Thursday, June 20, 2013

News: Dearne Valley College launch partnership with Teesside University


Staff and students from Dearne Valley College in Rotherham visited Middlesbrough-based Teesside University recently to mark the start of an exciting new collaboration. The partnership will see a range of foundation degrees accredited by Teesside University, taught at the college.

With its main campus in Manvers, Dearne Valley College currently offers higher education awards to around 180 students and under the new partnership, Teesside University will become the validating body for a range of foundation degrees from the new academic year in September 2013. Subject areas include Early Childhood Studies, Public Services, Sport and Exercise, and Travel and Tourism Management.

Martin Harrison, principal and chief Executive of Dearne Valley College, was among the visitors and praised the University for a warm welcome to commence the partnership. He said: "Our collaboration with Teesside University will enable Dearne Valley College to deliver quality Higher Education to local students, with the benefit of course validation under the Teesside name.

"Currently, 98% of the College's Higher Education students progress to top-up degrees or employment, and we are delighted to complement this achievement by forging a partnership with a leading institution who shares our core values."

Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL believes the partnership will be a great success and will enable even more students to achieve their full potential. He said: "We are developing a strong relationship with Dearne Valley College, building on our shared passion for widening participation and encouraging more people to benefit from higher education.

"The partnership supports the ambitions of both Teesside University and Dearne Valley College to facilitate the highest quality courses and I am confident this will be a long and successful collaboration."

The college is hosting a free business conference on Friday June 21 including keynote speakers on the important issues of social media and business crime.

Speaking about the forthcoming conference, business development manager at Dearne Valley College, Nikki Collier, said: "Events like these allow us to celebrate our established partnerships with local companies, whilst making the steps to form new ties with others."

"The College's Business Development team are offering this conference at no cost to attendees as a thank you for supporting Dearne Valley College, and it will offer all local businesses the opportunity to network, gain valuable knowledge and tools for their companies and learn of the services that the College can offer them to drive their businesses forward."

Dearne Valley College website

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