The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) considers Somerset as a higher education ‘cold spot’ – that is, somewhere where access and entry rates to universities and other higher education institutions are low.
The University Centre Somerset is a new institution that has been created by the merger of two very well-established higher education providers: Bridgwater College and Somerset College. That means we have a strong track record of providing degree-level study for students in the South West, and throughout the UK. Creating a University Centre will go some way towards opening up the opportunity of higher education to more young people and adults who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to take up a degree.
It will also help local economic and social regeneration by developing and offering programmes designed with, and for, employers, attracting students from outside of Somerset to come here to study, creating local employment and partnership opportunities, and a ready-made work force from which to recruit. In turn, this will attract inward investment, not to mention the spending power that students will bring to the local economy.
We envisage the creation of a bright vibrant student community in the heart of Somerset.
We aim to create a centre for enterprise and employment, and be a force for change within the community, creating careers and stimulating business growth.
Employers are demanding ever more contemporary and higher level skills in new technologies and in the way people work and interact. Specialist occupational training, especially for adults, is crucial for business success and it is our intention to ensure that anyone trained or educated at University Centre Somerset has the most up-to-date skills and knowledge to enable them to compete for employment.
Our pledge to you is that we will: