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Opening Doors - Higher Education Gateway Unveiled at TyneMet

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Opening Doors - Higher Education Gateway Unveiled at TyneMet

  1. 1. TyneMet Newsroom News Release Media contact details: Laura Brown | Deputy Head of Marketing | Tyne Metropolitan College | Battle Hill Drive| Wallsend | Tyne & Wear NE28 9NL T 0191 229 5158 | E laura.brown@tynemet.ac.uk | www.tynemet.ac.uk Opening Doors – Higher Education Gateway Unveiled at TyneMet Since 2005, TyneMetCollege andthe UniversityofSunderlandhave beenworking in partnershipto provide Higher Education to the region- inspiringgenerationsofpeople to advance their prospectsthrough Education. Since the partnershipbegan, there have beennearly4,000 studentsstudying a range of 45 differentUniversityof SunderlandHE programmes at TyneMetCollege. The collaborationhasresultedinstrategicgrowthforbothinstitutions andtheirnewestjointdevelopmentisthe launchof a HigherEducation Gateway.The HE Gateway is the latestPartnershipGateway tobe openedacrossthe region,intendedtobe forHigherEducationstudentstoaccessguidance,supportandadvice includingHigher Educationresourcestosupport theirchosenprogramme of study as well asprovidingaspace to displayand celebrate the successof former,currentandfuture students. Openingthe event, Steve CramCBE,Chancelloratthe Universityof Sunderland,deliveredaninspirational speech aboutthe value of HigherEducation.Steve said:“I’mveryproudtobe askedto open the HigherEducation PartnershipGatewayatTyneMet. Some of our graduatesstarttheirstudiesata partnercollege andtell usthe supportand qualityteachingtheyreceive encouragesthemtoprogressontheirhighereducationjourney - withlife changingresults.” Participantsatthe launcheventincludedlongstandingadvocate of the College andChairof Governors,Bill Midgley OBE, whounderlinedthe importance of bothFurtherandHigherEducationand theirvalue tosociety. UniversityPartnershipLiaisonOfficer, NicolaHoppersaid:“The HE Gatewayprovidesstudentswithafriendly supportive environmentwhere theycanstudyandsocialise.The Collegeprovidesagreatrange of facilitiesand havinga dedicated,specialisedareaforHigherEducation highlights the significant,collaborativeeffortsof the College andUniversity toprovide HigherEducationtostudentsinacollege environment.” With100% studentsatisfaction inthe 2014 National StudentSurvey, TyneMetCollegegainedthe topspotinthe countryfor studentsatisfactionoutranking322 othercollegesanduniversities. Thisisareflectionof the hardwork and commitmentof the College’sstaff butalso Universitystaff insupportingand raisingthe aspirationsof our partnershipstudents. JonVincentsaid: “Asa FurtherEducationCollege,the openingof the HEGatewaysignifiesourpassiontogoabove and beyondinthe educationstakes –overthe yearswe have workedcloselywiththe Universityof Sunderlandto deliverprogrammes thathave providedpeoplewith the opportunitytoaccesscountless careerroutes and ultimatelycontribute to widersociety.” TyneMet’sFoundationDegreesare awardedbythe Universityof Sunderlandandhave become avaluable education path forstudents.The partnershipisnowinthe processof embarkinguponnew projectsthatwouldsee the expansionof HigherEducationSTEMrelatedsubjectsand those equippingindividualswithhigherlevel skillsforthe creative industries. The HE Gateway is a beaconof achievementforTyneMetCollege anditspartnershipwiththe Universityof Sunderland,demonstratingadedicationtothe region inprovidingquality HigherEducationservices thatofferbroad basedlearningtosupportanddevelopcareers.

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